Postgraduate taught 

Inclusive Education: Research, Policy & Practice MEd

Identities, Relationships and Behaviours in Education EDUC5290

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the problematic nature of identity, relationships and behavioural issues (IRB) and their implications for learning and teaching. It encourages a critical appraisal of the diverse practice, policy and provision to meet these issues.


Semester 2 - both the Day and Evening course are hybrid, involving distance and face-to-face learning

Day course: 6 x 3 hours plus 1 x 2 hours (which includes a one-hour tutorial)

Evening course:  2 x 5-hour days plus 5 x 2-hour evening sessions (which includes a one-hour tutorial)


Written proposal (presentation style format; equivalent to 800 words) - 25%

Written assignment of 3000 words - 75%

Course Aims

The course has four main aims:

To examine the nature and causes of IRB issues

To explore critically the range and appropriateness of provision for learners with IRB issues

To reflect upon strategies used to support learners with IRB issues

To encourage thoughtful evaluation of practice in the students' own context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Knowledge and Understanding:
From a range of research writings, show critical understanding of theories relating to the nature and causes of IRB issues and principles for good practice in the education of young people with IRB issues

Skills and Other Attributes:

Intellectual skill

Use understanding of theories and principles to analyse critically policy, provision and practice in relation to IRB issues in a familiar context.

Propose and justify with theory and research findings, as well as personal reflection, an IRB issue worthy of investigation or development in a familiar context.

Transferable/key skills:

Use reflection on and insights from personal experience effectively in achieving Outcomes 2 and 3.

Demonstrate a professional quality of written communication in the assignment, keeping within the word limit and including referencing and bibliography in accordance with programme guidelines.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

As per Schedule A