Education in a Globalised World: Comparing Systems Internationally. EDUC3077

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

In this course, students will consider how issues of technological, social, economic and cultural change impact on educational systems. The course will compare educational systems internationally with the Scottish education system through observations, reflection, dialogue and a systematic comparison.


3 weeks of four days. 3 days school observations and reflection. 13 hours focused input from School of Education staff. 3 days x 6 hours of input from school partners within the school experience part of the course.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Enrolled as a student in a university.

Recommended Entry Requirements: Academic reference

A short reference (minimum 100 words) from the home university recommending the student for the course.

Excluded Courses






Students will be required to submit an essay of 1500 words reflecting critically on their field experiences and university inputs, comparing their experiences of Scottish Education with their home situation. Throughout the course students will be provided with formative assessment on their discussions of their understanding of the systems of education that they are studying. Students will also have to have a minimum of 80% attendance.



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.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an overview of Scottish Education and to encourage them to reflect critically on different educational practices.

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an overview of Scottish Education and to encourage them to reflect critically on their own educational practices and others within an international context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

i) Reflect critically on different educational systems.

ii) Critically analyse practices in Scottish schools.

iii) Demonstrate understanding of the way educational theory informs practice.

iv) Articulate a comparison between the Scottish education system and one other.

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 should have at least 80% attendance.