Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Global Perspectives on Rights and Education
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment  (2000 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Academic Review  (3000 words)   60%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment (2000 words)  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Academic Review (3000 words)  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate an effective knowledge and understanding of the social, political and historical background to current definitions of human and children's rights.

Critically review and discuss the concepts, arguments and principles surrounding rights to education.

Critically examine global legislation, policy and practice relating to rights to education.

Demonstrate a critical engagement with relevant source material.


Sessions may be a combination of lectures, seminars or workshops and will include the following topics:
Session 1 - What are Rights and who are they for?
Session 2 - History and development of rights
Session 3 - Socio-cultural perspectives of childhood and children
Session 4 - Legislative arrangements in the UK, EU and beyond.
Session 5 - Educational Rights and Policy: Equality and Entitlement.
Session 6 - Gender and Rights to Education
Session 7 - Children's Rights to Education
Session 8 - Educational Rights and Disability
Session 9 - Minority Rights to Education
Session 10 - Impacting Educational Rights for all

Brief description

Education is an essential and fundamental human right and is crucial for the exercise of all other human rights. It enables individual freedom and empowerment and leads to important development benefits.
Education is a very powerful instrument which enables both adults and children to change their own environment and contribute as full citizens.
This module will provide an opportunity to consider the role and application of rights to education in a variety of contexts, engaging with issues that impact upon adults' and childrens' ability to take advantage of these rights. It will consider both the right to education and the education about rights.


Illustrate and justify the reasons for the increasing significance of rights, and particularly, rights to education.
Trace the main historical developments relating to human and children's rights.
Provide students with the opportunity to explore the development and application of rights to education from an international perspective.
Give the opportunity to examine the relationship between theory, policy and practice regarding rights and education.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Statistical reports will be considered and data to support arguments will be analysed.
Communication This will be developed both in seminar discussions and in preparation for the assessments
Improving own Learning and Performance Ongoing feedback and tests at the end of session will illustrate areas that need improving.
Information Technology Discussion Boards will be used throughout. All assignments will be word processed.
Personal Development and Career planning Reflection activities during seminars will be used to encourage personal development. Opportunities to explore the workings of other countries will highlight possible career paths to students.
Problem solving During case study exercises students will be given the challenges faced by the countries and expected to think of methods of solving these
Research skills This will be developed throughout the module but particularly in regards to the research necessary in the assessments and case study sessions.
Subject Specific Skills Comparing and contrasting case studies. Understanding statistical data.
Team work Seminar activities will involve group work.


This module is at CQFW Level 6