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PPR.390: PPR in Education

Department: Politics, Philosophy and Religion NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF6//RQF6
Study Level: Part II (yr 3) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 04-12-2017 End Date: 23-03-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Mr JM Foster

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • This module is designed to allow students to gain experience of educational environments, to develop transferable skills, and to reflect on the role and communication of their own discipline. The module is also organised and delivered collaboratively between LUSU Involve, the school/college where the placement is based (henceforth ‘the partner’), and the department.

    LUVU Involve and Module Convenor – Preparation and Induction (14 hours)

    An initial day of training will provide the student with an introduction to child protection issues, aspects of working with children and young people, and an exploration of expected conduct, behaviour, and standards in the school/college environment.

    All students will be interviewed by the department and LUSU Involve. Students will be matched to appropriate partners, and will be given the opportunity to visit that partner before confirming participation on the module. Where there is competition for places the interview will be the determining factor for selection. Students who are not selected will be given the opportunity to take any appropriate half-unit within the department.
    All students will attend a group preparatory session with the module convenor to discuss approaches to the placement and options for teaching activities.

    Partner based activity – Independent and Teacher Guided Learning (30 hours)

    The student will be required to spend half a day a week in the school every week for the duration of 10 weeks. This will be negotiated around a student’s/the partner’s existing timetable.


    Teachers in the placement institutions will act as an important source of guidance. Students will also be required to meet with the LUSU Involve representative during week 3, and with the module convenor during week 5 (to review progress and agree report topic and approaches).  Compulsory tutorial requirement - 2 hours.  Students will be able to refer throughout their placements to LUSU Involve for logistical and to the module convenor for academic and pedagogical support. Students will be required to produce electronic learning logs which will provide a space for their own reflections, but also a means of reporting back to the department.

    During the term the student will produce a special project on the reception and teaching of their subject in the partner institution. As a part of this the student will also have to identify ways in which this compares and contrasts to delivery in universities, and to suggest ways in which the
    delivery in the partner institutions and that at university could be improved/developed/promoted.
    Concluding presentation: Preparation and workshop session (six hours).  All students will prepare a short (10 minute) presentation on their placement and report, to be delivered at a workshop attended by all those on the module.

    The module will be run during the Lent term (which allows a period of recruitment of partners, but also ample time for students to withdraw from the module without causing disruption to our partners). But students will be confirmed during the Michaelmas term.  As mentioned above, students who are not confirmed in the procedure will be able to choose other modules from the department.

Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

  • Must be majoring within the department.
    Complete interview and selection procedure by LUSU Involve and department.
    Attend appropriate LUSU Involve training on child protection and CRB check.
    Discuss options for placement activities with module convenor.
    Attend LUSU Involve school induction day.
    Selection criteria will be agreed with LUSU Involve and publicised to intending students beforehand.

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • This module will be an option on all of our single majors schemes:
    Politics, Politics and International Relations, Peace Studies and International Relations, Philosophy, Ethics Philosophy and Religion, Religious Studies.
    It will also be available to students on the following combined schemes (run by the department):
    Philosophy and Politics, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Politics and Religious Studies.
    It will not be available to students outside of these schemes (i.e. it cannot be taken as a minor by students on other degree schemes, or as an option from joint majors combine with other departments).
  • 80% Project
  • 10% Presentation (Assessed)
  • 10% Log book

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • Log Book - The student must produce a weekly log of their experiences which will be sumitted to the module convenor online.  Feedback will be provided on this. 
    Project and report on project.  The student will have to undertake a 5,000 word report on their experiences at the partner instiution. This will be expected to include reflection on and comparative evaluation of approaches to the teaching of their subject discipline (and/or related topics) both at the placement institution and at the University, based on their experience on reading, together with any related practical suggestions arising from their activities during their placement. 
    The concluding presentation and completed weekly log book will also be assessed for a combined 20% of the module grade.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • 1. To enable students to have a supportive experience of teaching in their subject area. More specifically, to have an experience of some of the difficulties and innovations of teaching at the primary or secondary level with respect to the challenges presented by the sensitive and complex material utilised by Philosophy, Politics, or Religious Studies.

    2. To learn experientially through classroom interaction how young people respond to situations/curriculum content involving Philosophy, Politics, or Religion.

    3. To learn to devise and develop tailored activities for teaching and communicating the key themes, topics, and techniques of Philosophy, Politics, or Religion.

    4. To help to inspire young people into becoming more involved in the study of Politics, Philosophy, or Religion either formally (via Higher Education) or informally through engagement with the media, Internet, or even practice.

    5. To be involved in developing ways of conveying excitement and enthusiasm for their subject.
    6.   To learn to reflect on their own academic disciplines from the perspective of a teacher as well as that of a learner, with associated new insights into key issues and problems.


Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The module aims to provide students with:
    1.   Use of Library resources - especially resources which will be required to build up a knowledge base for reflective learning in respect to the teaching environment.
    2.   Presentational - ability to convey findings and conclusions in a variety of media including oral and written.
    3.   Independence - an ability to try a new challenge and to organise one's own learning, time, and commitments.
    4.   Reliability - ability to meet reasonable expectations of others and to keep commitments.
    5.   Problem-solving skills - ability to face new challenges and to discover ways of responding to those situations.
    6.   Skills of adaption - ability to take 'academic' knowledge and techniques and to apply them to new situations.
    7. Development of IT skills

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...
    Reflect and write about their experiences at the partner institution.
    Reflect on and write about how their own learning, skills, and knowledge acquired at the university has been adapted and applied to their experiences at the partner institution.
    Communicate aspects of their subject (and enthusiasm for that subject) to the partner institution (to both teachers and learners).
    Articulate new ways of delivering their subject and extending interest in it.

    Prepare a learning log during the placement, and at its conclusion produce a short presentation and a written report reflecting on their experiences and presenting evaluations and recommendations, including ideas on the development of education in their subject at both partner institution and the university.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...
    Communicate effectively in different contexts (University and Partner) and to a variety of groups (academics, teachers, learners, peers).
    Demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills when dealing with learners and colleagues.
    Organise time and meet commitments.
    Demonstrate the ability to solve problems of an organisational manner.
    Demonstrate the ability to communicate enthusiasm for a subject.
    Work as a part of a team.

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