Module Identifier ED32820  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Martin Wright  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours WRITTEN EXAMINATION  50%
Semester Assessment 2,500 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT  50%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate a knowledge of the chronological development of education in Britain in the period 1790-1944.

Analyse and critically evaluate the relationship between education, society and politics in nineteenth and early twentieth century Britian.

Critically evaluate and analyse a range of historical source material relating to the development of education.

Devise and articulate coherent arguments relating to the socio-political dimensions of education in nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain.

Brief description

This module will examine the relationship between education, society and politics in Britain. It will focus upon the nineteenth century, which witnessed the development of mass education on a recognisably modern pattern, but will also examine educational practices in pre-industrial Britain and discuss the influence of nineteenth century developments upon the education system that evolved in the twentieth century. Students will be provided with a chronological framework of events, but the course will primarily focus upon a range of often controversial themes and issues, many of which remain directly relevant to modern educational debates. Education will be treated in a broad sense, and studies will not be confined to school based education.


- The pre-industrial legacy: education and society before the industrial revolution.

- The development of mass education: framework of events.

- Education and the unification of Britain.

- Education and religion.

- The public school ethos and its implications.

- Education and gender.

- Education and the working class movement.

- The development of adult education.

- Higher Education and Society.

- Education and society in the age of world war and democracy.

Reading Lists

Preliminary Readings
STEPHENS, W B (1998) Education in Britain 1750-1914 Macmilllan
WEST, E G (1975) Education and the Industrial Revolution Batsford


This module is at CQFW Level 6