Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Education, Power and Social Change

On this Master's degree we explore the links between 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. By 'education' we mean all forms of informal and formal learning, across all age ranges, including adult, higher and professional education. We ask the key question: is education a force for reproduction or transformation in the world? In other words, 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? Key debates on what is the role of education and how people learn are developed from a range of viewpoints, including critical theory. We take an interdisciplinary approach to thinking about education, drawing on the arts and humanities as well as the more conventional respresentations of education in social science. The programme offers those with an interest in, or concern about, education the opportunity to explore relevant theories, to develop research skills in social science and to apply these to education practices. The degree will appeal to those interested in developing and extending their knowledge and understanding of education and social change. In addition to the core modules, you can choose from a range of option modules in order to tailor a programme to suit your developing interests. You will also take a course on research methodologies, which will provide you with the tools to undertake an original piece of research into an aspect of education that fascinates you. The programme will deepen your awareness of how education shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of the world and may 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.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules and choose 2 option modules. You also undertake an Independent Research Module, to support you in choosing, developing and undertaking a piece of independent research (qualitative empirical or theoretical). Core modules: Education, Globalisation and Change; Education, Power and Resistances . Indicative option modules: 'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality; Culture, Community, Identity; Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches; Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice; Sexing the Body: Psychoanalytic and other Framings; Visual Culture: Power and the Image . Independent research module.

Assessment methods

A range of methods, including essays, presentations and case studies and, for the final core module, Researching Education, a dissertation or an action research project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 5,450 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,925 per Year 1 (International) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 15 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 15 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,725 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 9 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychosocial Studies
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02030738045