Postgraduate taught 

Education for Sustainable Futures in Adult, Community & Youth Contexts MSc

Approaches to Inclusive Learning: Psychology, Knowledge and Curriculum EDUC51008

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides a broad introduction to sociological and psychological approaches to educational practice. Designed for students who are interested in teaching and learning in diverse contexts with diverse learners and communities, the course includes substantial inputs in social psychology, sociology of education, curriculum development, and models of development.


3 hour sessions, once a week, for 10 weeks

Excluded Courses





1. A written dialogue with a peer on a topic relating to diversity and inclusion. Wordcount: 1,000 words per partner. Weighting: 20%. The reduction in words and increase in weighting reflect the extra work required by the assignment in reading and responding to a peers' comment/point. 2. A recorded Power Point (or equivalent) presentation (timing: up to 15 minutes) illustrating a particular topic that relates to inclusion which the student will identify, from a context of their choice. Through this, student will be able to apply the learning from the course to contexts with which they are familiar. They will, contextually, gain presentation skills. Weighting 20%. 3. A written literature review on a chosen topic relating to inclusion. Wordcount: 3,000 words. Through this, student will be able to apply the learning from the course to contexts with which they are familiar. They will, contextually, gain skills in conducting a literature review which will be useful for the dissertation. Weighting: 60%.

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:


■ Explore social psychology, sociology of education, curriculum studies, and development models in education

■ Investigate a range of models and approaches to learning

■ Apply appropriate models of learning to chosen areas of specialisation

■ Develop interdisciplinary and critical skills for students to examine educational practices in contemporary diverse contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Critically analyse prominent approaches, models and frameworks of educational practice

■ Analyse and articulate how these approaches relate to and inform practice

■ Demonstrate understanding of educational policy and outcomes in relation to models of educational approach

■ Design a pedagogical approach appropriate to a specified context

■ Present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in appropriate academic style, developing well-structured arguments, and observing the disciplines of writing and presentation

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 complete all components of the assessment.