Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Equity and Diversity
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  Essay that focuses on tackling inequality and inequity within education. 4000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  Essay that focuses on tackling inequality and inequity within education. 4000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Explore and analyse the contested definitions of inequality, inequity and diversity.

Critically examine how social inequality is (re)produced in society and the role that education plays in that re-production.

Analyse theories of prejudice and discrimination and examine the application of these theories to educational settings.

Critically explore the challenges of, and potential solutions to, prejudice and discrimination in a variety of educational settings.

Brief description

This module aims to develop students’ understanding of equity, diversity and the impact of inequalities on educational outcomes and experiences. It will provide opportunities for students to develop an advanced evidence-informed understanding of the dimensions of diversity within contemporary Welsh society and across international contexts and settings. The module will require students to think critically about the forms of inequality within contemporary education and to engage in contested debates about how education systems identify inequalities and employ evidence-informed strategies for addressing inequalities. The module will allow students to reflect critically on debates about the role played by the education system in addressing inequalities and inequities.


This module aims: 

1. To develop students’ understanding of equity, diversity and the impact of inequalities on educational outcomes and experiences.
2. To develop a critical understanding of the mechanisms underpinning inequality, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.
3. To enhance understanding of how to identify inequality, prejudice and discrimination in educational settings and to consider strategies to reduce or mitigate them.
4. To consider the international evidence base concerning inequality and inequity in education.


This module will cover the following areas:

  • Theories of Diversity and Equality.
  • Sociological and Psychological theoretical frameworks in respect of Diversity and Equality.
  • The Dimensions of Educational Equality and Inequality in Contemporary Education.
  • Poverty, Deprivation and Educational Equality.
  • Gender, Equality, Equity and Education.
  • Equality, Language, Rights and Education – critical engagement with evidence, policy and practice in Welsh-medium and bilingual education, and Welsh language development in English-medium contexts, as well as consideration of English and Welsh as Additional Languages (EWAL).
  • Families, Education and Equality.
  • Equality, Diversity and the Curriculum.
  • Equalities Legislation and Policy in Wales.
  • Intercultural Competence and Tolerance.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level. All module content is intended to challenge students to reconsider what they think they know, to adopt critical mindsets and to be ready to adapt what they do, in light of the new knowledge and understanding they encounter during the module.
Creative Problem Solving Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
Critical and analytical thinking Conceptual understanding that enables the student: to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.
Professional communication Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to: Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Real world sense Qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations independent learning ability
Subject Specific Skills A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice.


This module is at CQFW Level 7