Critical Perspectives on Knowledge and Power DUMF5099

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers a practical guide to the study of political concepts that underpin arguments, policies and practices concerning pedagogy, goals, curriculum, access and infrastructure in the production and distribution of education. It is suitable for students with no prior background in philosophical or political study and aims to provide participants with a broad understanding of pertinent principles and theories.


Two hours per week.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






A set essay of 4000 words (70%)

Participation in seminar activities, including on occasion, leading and facilitation class discussion. (10%)

Assessed Moodle Tasks (20%)




In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade.

Course Aims

This course aims to help students:

■ Develop critical and analytical understanding of contemporary issues relevant to knowledge production and distribution in the educational setting

■ Communicate a broad understanding of political theoretical principles

■ Identify contexts of political relevance in the workplace and in research

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Articulate a critical understanding of the principal political theories, principles and concepts.

■ Demonstrate a critical awareness of the political dimensions of educational practices.

■ Engage in evidence based independent research that evaluates the political features of educational activities in formal pedagogic settings and broader social contexts. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.