Education and Society 2: Promoting Social Justice through Education EDUC2086P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will consider and analyse issues of curriculum and education systems.


20 hours face to face teaching with a mix of lectures and tutorials. 

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

In order to enter Education in Society 2 students are required to have completed Education in Society 1 and are expected to have attained a minimum overall D3 grade in each of these courses. Occasionally, at the discretion of the Director of Learning and Teaching, students may be admitted to the course whose qualifications are deemed to be equivalent to these.

Excluded Courses






Summative assessment is based on the submission of one essay (50%), and a ninety-minute written exam (50%). The exam asks students to provide two shorter answers from topics other than those covered in their assessed essay,



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 student to discuss, interpret and analyse key features of Scottish curricula, curricular design and educational systems and at least two other national education systems.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Describe the impact of social, political, economic, technological, religious and cultural factors on the formulation and conduct of educational policy in relevant professional contexts.

2.Compare and contrast key features of the Scottish educational system and curriculum with other selected systems.

3.Understand what is meant by social justice and appreciate the critical role of education in promoting it for children and, young people, and adults as appropriate.

4.Examine the nature of teacher professionalism and the role of other agencies and professions in promoting the education, care, health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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 tutorials and lectures.