The Politics of Education

30 points

Not offered 2020, offered in 2016, 2017

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership


This course examines the politics of education from a range of perspectives. It explores theories about the essentially political nature of education and knowledge. Drawing on students’ own experiences, the course also looks at ways that people develop their own awareness and understanding about things political. It also examines the ways educational institutions and systems are reformed, including various formal and informal processes by which educational policy is promoted, supported, resisted, amended and implemented. The course draws on examples of successful and unsuccessful educational policy initiatives such as bulk funding, charter schools, governance of universities, feed the kids, and national standards. It also gives students the opportunity to research a topic of their choosing in the politics of education.


Subject to approval of the Head of School


EDUC403, EDUC603

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