What's the point of Education? Constructing an Educational Mindset EDUC1083

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

You will meet a contemporary, eclectic mix of exciting ideas which will challenge you to think for yourself about some of Education's big ideas in order to begin to develop your own educational mindset. The course is also designed to give you a flying start in developing Glasgow University's Graduate Attributes.


This course will be taught through Moodle and social media, e.g. Twitter and/or blogging. There will be some face-to-face sessions throughout the semester. Thus the time and place of learning will largely be at the student's discretion. The greater proportion of online learning in this blend is indicated by current research (Dunn, 2013; Greenhow and Gleason 2012; and Roblyer et al. 2010).

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





Students will be assessed in groups. Groups will produce an artefact of their own design that contains visual and verbal elements outlining their considered stance towards a key educational issue. The group will be assessed on its artefact. Embedded in the artefact will be a rationale for the selected mode. Individuals will be assessed on their contribution to the process of constructing the artefact.

Course Aims

The course aims to enable students to demonstrate understanding of the foundational content and values of Education and to be able to articulate a personal stance towards their discipline. It aims to enable students to engage with conventional and new modes of communication as well as facilitating personal confidence and collaborative working.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Articulate a considered stance on key issues in Education

Work collaboratively on assignments

Engage with the potential of new technologies for communication and learning, individually and collaboratively

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.