30 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Higher education in the UK and around the world has become a high profile area of policy and practice. Regarded as an engine of social mobility, economic growth and globalisation, it is subject to intensifying scrutiny and regulation, while its purposes and outcomes are tied increasingly to those of further, adult and community education, vocational education and training. Lecturers, support and administrative staff, senior managers and students therefore deal with complex and fluctuating policy goals, regulatory mechanisms, and new expectations about teaching, research, student support, assessment and relationships with external partners. Using recent policy initiatives, the module explores underlying conceptual and political assumptions and their effects on these areas of everyday practice.

Staff Contact: Dr Chris Winter
Teaching Methods: Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK