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Education, Power and Social Change MSc

Education, Power and Social Change MSc

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Politics Social Studies Social Psychology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Is education a force for reproduction or transformation in the world? Does education change the world or maintain the current system - for example, can it alleviate the effects of poverty or does it increase existing inequalities?

These are just some of the questions we consider in this Master's degree, where we explore the links between education (all forms of informal and formal learning, across all age ranges, including adult, higher and professional education), and social and political movements, and develop understandings of how 'education' as a contested field should be viewed within a globalised and postcolonial context.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to thinking about education, we draw on the arts and humanities as well as the more conventional representations of education in social science. We explore key debates on what is the role of education and how people learn, developed from a range of viewpoints, including critical theory.

This degree will appeal to you if you are interested in developing and extending your knowledge and understanding of education and social change. Studying this course may also contribute to your professional development. In previous years, some students have used the qualification to take their careers in new directions, while others have used the programme to deepen their thinking about their current practice.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go in to careers in teaching and training, youth work, education policy, and in community and voluntary sector organisations. Possible professions include community education officer, education administrator, or youth worker. This degree can also be useful in becoming a careers adviser or community development worker.

Modules

The module critically examines education and learning as a contested field within changing global economies and contexts. Students will be enabled to distinguish between different social and political perspectives on the role of education for change within contrasting national milieux, over time. One key aim is that the learner understands the ways in which the skills issue has been used in discourse around the need for education as an economic lever in development scenarios in late 20th and 21st century states. Additionally, the countervailing arguments around the self-sufficiency of groups purposefully excluded and neglected in different contexts will be examined. The intention is to enable the student to be capable of demonstrating a breadth of interpretative skills applicable to varying social settings at differing times.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£8,820

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£16,020

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more