Education: History, Politics and Practice (X4100)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

In this module, you explore historical and contemporary aspects of the English Education system. You also briefly cover the similarities and differences between the nation states and examine the interplay and interrelationships between policy theory and practice in education. 

You will learn about:

  • the history and background to education in England
  • the purposes and role of education
  • the theoretical frameworks that inform the way that children learn and their relationship to pedagogies used in classrooms
  • education structures, policies and practices in England
  • the relationships between theory, policy and practice 
  • the nature and role of governmental power and its impact on educational policy discourses
  • how research in education is used to support a greater critical understanding of the academic field of education.



100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: