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.

Seminar In Contemporary Issues EDUC5285

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course is organised in a seminar format in which students present on an educational topic by advocating and defending a position. Others in the group provide peer feedback..


Weekly teaching throughout semester 1

Requirements of Entry

General programme (MEd/MSc) entry requirements

Excluded Courses





Assignment 1. Seminar performance, primarily focused on seminar presentation and associated written submission (40%)

Assignment 2. Written assignment, in the form of a short academic paper (60%)

Course Aims

The course aims to give students the opportunity to develop their understanding of educational issues by reviewing literature, developing a position by weighing evidence and argument, and defending this position both orally and in writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students are expected to have demonstrated the ability to:

undertake a literature review on a chosen educational topic
2. Weigh and synthesise arguments in the literature to develop a position statement

3. Evaluate and use evidence and argument to support or refute relevant arguments

4. Defend their position via an oral presentation and in writing

5. Respond to questions and counter arguments
6. Contribute to group discussion
 and peer feedback

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Minimum requirements follow expectations for the MSc/MEd programme.