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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

Please ensure you check the module availability box for each module outline, as not all modules will run each academic year.

Department: Education

EDUC1501: International and Comparative Education

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to X101 Primary Education
Tied to X305 Education Studies
Tied to X306 Education Studies (with Placement Year)
Tied to X308 Education Studies (with Year Abroad)
Tied to X1F8 Education Studies - Geography
Tied to X3F8 Education Studies - Geography (with Placement Year)
Tied to X2F8 Education Studies - Geography (with Year Abroad)
Tied to XL33 Education Studies - Sociology
Tied to X3L3 Education Studies - Sociology (with Placement Year)
Tied to X2L3 Education Studies - Sociology (with Year Abroad)
Tied to LA01 Liberal Arts
Tied to LMV0 Combined Honours in Social Sciences
Tied to X1C8 Education Studies - Psychology
Tied to XC81 Education Studies - Psychology (with Placement Year)
Tied to XC82 Education Studies - Psychology (with Year Abroad)
Tied to X103 Primary Education (with Placement Year)
Tied to X102 Primary Education (with Year Abroad)


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Critically reflect on how diversity impacts education in local and global contexts and what inequalities might emerge as a result;
  • Critically reflect on the relationship between education, intercultural issues, and key concepts such as identity, intersectionality and social justice;
  • Develop critical understanding of multiple identities and attitudes towards others;
  • Reflect on forms of communication and engagement in contexts of diversity and their implications for education.


  • The following topics will be covered:
  • Internationalisation and globalisation as contexts for critical multicultural education;
  • Global and intercultural communication;
  • Interculturality and intercultural relationships;
  • Identity and multiple identities;
  • Diversity in education;
  • Social justice in education

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Develop a critical understanding of the contexts and factors relating to international and comparative education in the 21st century.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the theories, approaches, and practices of interculturality in the contemporary world and how they impact education.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Articulate and employ key concepts and terminology in the field of International and comparative education, including, but not limited to, intercultural education, global citizenship education and the study of diversity in education.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing on issues related to International and Comparative Education.
Key Skills:
  • Work on ideas and issues independently and as part of a group.
  • Communicate and present ideas effectively through class presentations and writing.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • 20 x 1 hour lectures and 10 x 1 hour seminars. These will introduce students to the above topics and will be facilitated by experts in the field from the School of Education. Each lecture and seminar will be supported by preparatory and follow-up readings and a learning task that students will undertake during the workshop.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lecture 20 Weekly 1 hour 20
Seminar 10 Fortnightly 1 hour 10
Reading and preparation 180
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 2000 words 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Presentation related to key learning from the module and aspects of the summative assessment.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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