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Course Overview

This course introduces students to key concepts in educational policy research and key developments in education policy in a global context.  Students will examine the policy process from problem formation through to agenda setting, policy implementation and evaluation.  Students will be able to contextualise their understanding of theoretical ideas and concepts through detailed study of particular examples covering a range of educational contexts from early childhood education to schools, colleges and higher education.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Peter Mtika

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Topics covered on this course include:

·           Framing of educational policy priorities;

·           The role of politics in educational policy formation and change;

·           The role of private providers in education systems;

·           Determining quality in education systems;

·           The role of different policy actors in policy implementation;

·           Organisation of education systems and the impact on policy;

·           Evaluation of educational policy and the associated challenges;

·           The impact of policy and policy change on disadvantaged groups;

·           Methods for policy analysis.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 15

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: participants will be required to submit for summative assessment assignment(s) equivalent to 3000 words taking account of different reporting formats. Assessment will be criterion-based.

Resit: one opportunity to resubmit the assignment will be permitted, as revised to take account of identified inadequacies in the original.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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