Humanities in the Classroom Level 3 (with work placement) ENGLIT3003

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course examines the effects of educational policy and methods on discipline formation in Scotland and Britain, from 1850 to the present. It encourages all students to reflect critically on their own attributes, skills and experiences in learning and teaching, and gives those with an interest in a career in education an opportunity to become more familiar with aspects of professional life.


This version of the course includes a voluntary work placement in an educational institution or other location where education is provided.


NB. Coursework will include work with learners such as school pupils. All students on this course will need to go through the Protection of Vulnerable Groups process before they can take part in these required activities. Guidance on applications will be provided at or before the first session.


10x1hr Lectures and 10x2hr seminars as scheduled on mycampus; one external visit during the semester TBA; 30 hours of work placement TBA.

Requirements of Entry

A grade of D3 or above in any level 2 course offered by the College of Arts.

Excluded Courses

Humanities in the Classroom (ENGLIT4051)

Humanities in the Classroom (with work placement) (ENGLIT4052)




Essay (2,500 words) - 35%

Reflective log (2,500 words) - 20%

Seminar presentation of 10 minutes - 12%

Portfolio including new teaching materials related to their discipline; reflection on their experience on their work placement - 32%

confirmation from external partner of satisfactory completion of work placement - 1%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. 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 for this course are described below. 


There is no reassessment of the 1% of the assessment consisting of the confirmation of satisfactory completion of the placement. Students who have not performed satisfactorily on the placement will not be allowed to take another.

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study the role of the humanities, and of their own discipline, in the history of British education

■ reflect the ways in which their discipline is formulated in education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in Scotland as well as via informal educational channels including the media

■ reflect critically on their own past, present and future as learners and teachers

■ improve teamwork and presentation skills, and confidence

■ explore and articulate the attributes of a graduate in their own discipline and from the College of Arts; and to help them explore and articulate their own individual attributes

■ undertake a work placement in an educational institution.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ create, explain and criticise educational materials relating to their own discipline and intended for a variety of learners

■ describe and evaluate their experiences of conveying specialist knowledge in classroom or other educational contexts

■ articulate their own attributes as a student in their own discipline(s)

■ reflect critically on their own and others' learning.

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.