Education Studies - Geography Durham University


Year 1
In the first year there are three compulsory modules in Education which introduce, and induct you into the world of education studies. Specifically, each module draws from different perspectives on education, which could be historical, sociological, philosophical, psychological, cultural and/or political; these different lenses allow you to begin to consider ‘big’ questions about education and the world. You will also spend time studying three modules in your partner department.

Education modules: History of Education / Context of Education / Learning and Teaching.
Geography Modules: You will have the opportunity to select half of your modules within your partner department. In previous years optional modules available included Human Geography: Space and Place in a Changing World / Physical Geography / Introduction to Geographical Research.

Year 2
In the second year, you have more choice and ownership over your studies, as you pick two Education modules. In general, modules examine topics in more depth and detail, and again, often come from certain perspectives. For example Constructing Childhood and Youth uses a sociological and cultural position, to analyse what it means to be a child in the world; in addition, it asks what childhood means to the world. Whereas Learning in the Early Years examines children, but from a child developmental psychological perspective. Hence, you can pick which ontological position you prefer, or mix and match these contrasting views. There is also a chance to study Harry Potter, which may interest some muggles!

Everyone also studies Education Research Methods, which examines approaches to, and the interpretation of, educational research. Again, half your time will be spent in your partner department.

Education modules: Education Research Methods (compulsory module)
In previous years, optional modules available included: Identity, Culture and Education / Constructing Childhood and Youth / Learning in the Early Years / The Philosophy of Social Science / Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion / Higher Education: Issues of Exclusion and Inclusion.
Geography Modules: You will have the opportunity to select half of your modules within your partner department.
In previous years optional modules available included: Handling Geographic Information / Global Environmental Change / Geographies of Development / Urban Geography / Social and Cultural Geography / Mountain Landscapes / Glaciers and Glaciation.

Year 3
In the final year, you have even more ownership over your studies. This largely comes through the Dissertation, which is a double module. Specifically, the Dissertation entails choosing a topic to study in depth, and being supported through this by an academic member of staff. Some students use the dissertation to make links to their partner department, as such, we encourage a wide range of proposals. For example, one recent dissertation, ‘Simply Mothballs’, explored the relationship between children’s literature and national identity. Another, entitled ‘Rice, Rum, Reggae and Risk’, investigated the effects of HIV/AIDS peer education programmes in Belize. Here, the student undertook independent research during her visit to Belize as part of her volunteer work for a charity. In a recent report the course’s external examiner said that the breadth of Dissertation topics studied was ‘inspiring’, and many students regard the Dissertation as the most enjoyable and important piece of work they undertake at Durham. In addition, you study another four modules, from education and your partner department.

Throughout the three years, you are encouraged to make links between the education half of the programme and your partner department. The Education Studies degree has consistently achieved 100% student satisfaction in the NSS survey.

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