Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries campus) MA

Sociology of Education DUMF4024

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Students will gain an understanding of the complex relationships that exist between education and society in the broader sense. The course will detail the relationship between learners, schools, communities and achievement and will give an insight into important issues of social justice and equal opportunities.


1 x 2-hour lecture/seminar weekly.


Short answer tests (50%)

2000-word essay (50%)

Course Aims

To provide an important contextualization for the learner, the teacher and the school; to raise awareness of issues such as race, ethnicity and gender within an equal opportunities framework; to provide understanding of relationships between schools, communities and achievement.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- Analyse the complex relationships which exist between education and society in the broader sense
- Assess the relationship between learners, schools, communities and achievement
Critically analyse a range of important issues of social justice and equal opportunities in relation to the Scottish Primary Education system.

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.