Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Cultural Diversity in Education
Academic Year
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Dr Mary Healy (Senior Lecturer - Roehampton University)
  • Dr Martin Needham (Associate Head of Department - Manchester Metropolitan University)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2500 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 hour written examination  Assignment 2 (alternative assessment): Two 1,250-word short essays on similar topics to those covered in the examination paper (50%).   50%
Supplementary Assessment 2500 word essay  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % New assignment titles and examination paper will be issued   50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   2 hour written examination  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % New assignment titles and examination paper will be issued   50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an effective knowledge and understanding of how cultural diversity and race equality impact on education in contemporary Britain.

Critically evaluate ideological arguments about cultural diversity and race equality in society and education.

Demonstrate an ability to form coherent arguments based on sourced evidence in discussing issues of cultural diversity and race equality.

Appreciate the need to show respect for and understanding of others in a culturally diverse society whilst challenging inequality.

Demonstrate effective skills of written and oral communication in a range of different situations.

Brief description

This module aims to deepen students' understanding of cultural diversity and race equality in British society;
consider the implications of cultural diversity and race equality for the education of all children and young people in schools;
examine the theories and practices underpinning education policies in a culturally diverse society.


Lectures are based on the following topics:

Lecture 1: Patterns of migration and Britain as a multicultural society
Lecture 2: Notions of identity in diverse societies
Lecture 3: Psychological, philosophical, and sociological perspectives on multiculturalism
Lecture 4: Public and governmental responses to multiethnic, multicultural Britain
Lecture 5: Ethnicity and achievement
Lecture 6: Educational responses to ethnic and cultural diversity
Lecture 7: Race equality and racism
Lecture 8: Bilingualism and learning additional languages
Lecture 9: Preparing all pupils for life in a multicultural society
Lecture 10: Developing a culturally diverse curriculum

Seminars are based on the following topics:

Seminar 1: Personal experiences of ethnic and cultural diversity
Seminar 2: Debates about the policy of multiculturalism
Seminar 3: Analysing bias in the media
Seminar 4: The relevance of education for diversity and equality in different kinds of school
Seminar 5: The attainments of pupils from specific minority ethnic groupings
Seminar 6: Personal experiences of racism
Seminar 7: Monolingual or bilingual education and school language policies
Seminar 8: How education for cultural diversity and race equality impacts on key areas of school operations
Seminar 9: The representation of diverse identities in the curriculum
Seminar 10: Integrating cultural diversity into the curriculum

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The seminar presentation on minority ethnic attainment requires students to interpret and represent educational attainment statistics and present them in graph form.
Communication Oral communication is developed through discussion, debate and presentations in seminars. Written communication is developed through the assignment, the written examinations and some seminar tasks.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from the written assignment and personal reflection during seminar tasks encourage improved performance.
Information Technology Written assignments should be word-processed and one of the seminar tasks requires the development of a PowerPoint presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning The affective learning outcome of respecting and understanding others whilst challenging inequality in a culturally diverse society encourages students to reflect upon their own personal feelings about difference, cultural prejudice and racism.
Problem solving Several seminar tasks set challenges for students to negotiate. Education for diversity and equality contains many issues where contrasting viewpoints need to be considered and tensions resolved.
Research skills Research is required for the main assessments and some of the seminar tasks.
Subject Specific Skills Skills involved in negotiating, evaluating and resolving controversial issues and tensions e.g. dealing with racism; reconciling differences between aspects of culture; and developing sensitivity to other people's viewpoints and experiences.
Team work Some seminar tasks require students to work cooperatively in groups to address issues of diversity and equality in education.


This module is at CQFW Level 5