SO5012 - Growing Up: Youth and Education

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to key issues and debates in the sociology of education such as the emergence of education systems and how recent reforms have impacted on patterns of attainment. We examine explore some traditional questions such as the role of class, race and gender in schools as well as taking a biographical approach to the analysis of learning across the life course. We investigate the way that education can shape identities and how learning is implicated in wider patterns of social injustice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be taught through a weekly two hour lecture and 1 hour workshop/seminar discussion. The latter includes a variety of activities such as posters, debates and short presentations.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will undertake formative assessment in week three and then meet with the tutor to receive feedback to aid preparation for the final assessment. You are also able to meet with tutors for individual tutorials to help with assessment planning throughout the module. A key part of the module is the discussion of weekly learning/tasks and how these contribute to the final assessment –you therefore are supported in various ways to ensure you engage with the challenges posed by the final assessment.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding
1. Understand the different paradigms in the sociology of education and how these can be used to examine the functions of education systems.

2. Demonstrate how a historical and comparative approach is essential for the sociological analysis of education systems.

3. To critically assess the theoretical traditions in the sociology of education and how these can aid an understanding of how education systems influence the structuring of social identities and social divisions.

Intellectual / Professional skills and abilities
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the ways in which sociological theory can be be used to explore educational systems and the role of learning in social identities.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA)

1. To recognise how education and learning are contested features of societies and be sensitive to the different ways these processes are constructed and riven by political and ideological disputes.

How will I be assessed?

Short biographical essay (1500 words) Formative assessment

Critical Biographical Essay (4000 words) Final Summative assessment





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UCAS Code L300

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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