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International Development and Education

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Education studies

Taking a broad approach to education, this course explores the multifaceted role of education across all development goals. You'll explore the intersectionality of education - covering a complex array of interconnected and related challenges and issues, such as armed conflict, donor agendas, economic imperatives and teacher recruitment, training, and governance.

You'll critically explore the assumptions behind and evidence of the role of education in development, and the challenges faced by educational innovators when attempting to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. Theoretical approaches are contrasted with the realpolitik, through annual field visits focused on a specific set of issues.

Modules

Level 4 core modules:
- Social Theory and Development, with reference to Education.
- Donor Logics and Actors in Development and Education.
- Formal, Non-formal and Informal Education in Developing Contexts.
- Introduction to International Education.
- Case Study of Catalonia: Education, Space and Society.
- Environment, People and Place.

Year One will introduce you to the main development theories and approaches, and their history, and how these relate to the education sector. We'll explore the current donor and sector agendas, and how these reflect the different approaches.
This will provide a good foundation and overview, enabling you to confidently move into your second year. Year one will also include a core module with an overseas placement. We may, for example, travel to Catalonia to look at development issues around minority groups in a European context, relating your field experience to module theory.

Level 5 core modules:
- Zambian Case Study: Donor Agendas and Private Interests in Education.
- Education, Social Inequalities and Social Justice.
- Peace and conflict.

In addition, you will also be able to choose optional modules in your second year.

In Year Two you'll continue to draw on your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the field, applying them to some contemporary dilemmas, including the on-going social inequalities and very topical and timely issue of peace and conflict.
An overseas visit is also planned for this year. We'll be going further afield, for example to Zambia, where we might explore the outcome of private agendas around school management in the copper belt, an area of increasing foreign investment and industrial activity. An alternative desk study approach can also be undertaken.

Level 6 core modules:
- International Development and Education Dissertation 1 – research methodology, design and ethics.
- International Development and Education Dissertation 2 – data collection, analysis and making it matter.
- A case-study of Nepal: Rural Education and Community Development.

In your final year, you'll have the opportunity to dive deep into a subject that interests you, by conducting a piece of independent research. Your dissertation will give you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills learned on the course as you seek to consolidate your thoughts and experiences, ready to confidently move into the next phase of your learning/career.
The planned annual trip this year will focus on research methodologies. You'll be able to explore educational responses to development issues through participation and observation. For example, you may visit an Non-governmental organization (NGO) in rural Nepal, to gain specific knowledge and experience of community education. Where a visit is not possible, an alternative desk study approach will be undertaken

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through coursework. There are no exams.
Assessments could include essays, individual or group presentations, placement reports/journals, and, of course, your third year dissertation. We’ll provide you with regular feedback on how well you're doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

School of Education

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

55%
low
Education studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

66%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
60%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

65%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
54%
Course specific equipment and facilities
38%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Academic studies in education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
48%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Childcare and related personal services
28%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education and teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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