The Purposes and Meanings of Education (X6600)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

You will explore key ideas surrounding education as a subject of study.

Through self reflection of personal school and learning experiences, you will look at significant questions such as:

  • what is education and its purposes?
  • what values should be developed?
  • what should be learnt?
  • who should be taught and who are the teachers?
  • where does learning take place?

You will develop your own understanding of these questions, drawing upon a variety of perspectives including political, cultural, sociological, psychological, historical and philosophical.

Develop key study skills, such as researching, presenting and essay writing, to help prepare you for success throughout your degree.


At the end of the module you will shar your own visions of an educational utopia for Primary and Early Years children.


33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: