Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Education and Society 1: The Child, the Educator and Society EDUC1081P

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to a range of social influences on education. It traces the status of the child in society and the teacher in society.


20 face to face hours of contact with a mix of lectures and tutorials

Requirements of Entry



This course can only be taken by Year 1 students taking the M Educ with the exception of CoSS/CoA students who may take it in any year of study.

Excluded Courses






Summative assessment is based on the submission of one essay (50%), and a ninety-minute written exam in which students answer two questions (50%, each question 25%).


It is a GTCS requirement that students working towards a teaching qualification pass every assignment. Otherwise the

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. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to enable students to analyse critically the social influences on education.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, economic, technological, religious and cultural influences on education.

2. Appreciate the diversity and interconnectedness of different educational systems and curricula.

3. Trace the evolving status, role, rights and development of children and young people, and adults as appropriate, in society.

4. Trace the evolving status and role of the teacher and other educators in society.

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.  Students must have an 80% attendance at tutorial and lectures.