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ED251C: BELIEF MATTERS: BELIEF IN SCHOOLS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:45


Course Overview

This course offers students the chance to consider the role of belief in education. Students will study the role of mythologies (personal and societal), the impact of social change on belief and how belief manifests in the primary school curriculum. In particular students will critically consider the role, purposes, status of Religious and Moral Education (RME) in schools, and approaches to effective teaching of this area of the curriculum.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Graeme Nixon

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

  • ()
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will critically explore some strands of belief in Scotland, both past and present.  It will consider the nature of ‘belief’ and myth: from times of old, through to contemporary secular mythology.  Belief in historic Scotland is examined: from stone circles; to the (counter) Reformation; to present day spiritualities.  

 

Belief often represents a contested space.  Throughout this course, students will be provoked and challenged to engage with some of the competing beliefs that feature on the belief landscape:

  • The debate surrounding ‘secularisation’.
  • Faith schools and the curriculum.
  • The new atheism.
  • Moral education in schools
  • Contemporary spirituality or the New Age

 

A variety of social and theoretical perspectives will underpin and support students’ critical engagement and reflection, as they consider their relationship to belief in Scotland. This course aims to provide a critical and informed understanding of the role of belief in education, leading to enhanced reflection in students on their beliefs and they impact what happens in their classroom(s).


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 Workshop during University weeks 30 - 35

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

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 44

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Feedback

Feedback will be given on-line via Turnitin on MyAberdeen

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop awareness and appreciation of key issues in education including secularisation, faith schools, sexuality and the role of belief in education.
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop awareness of the role of belief in education.
ReflectionUnderstandDevelop a broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of belief on education.
ReflectionUnderstandDevelop critical engagement and reflection through consideration of their own relationship to belief.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed element

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 48 Feedback Weeks 50

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Feedback Feedback via MyAberdeen
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberDevelop knowledge and understanding of the RME Primary curriculum.
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop awareness of the role of belief in education.
ReflectionUnderstandDevelop a broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of belief on education.
ReflectionUnderstandDevelop critical engagement and reflection through consideration of their own relationship to belief.
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop awareness and appreciation of key issues in education including secularisation, faith schools, sexuality and the role of belief in education.

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