London, United Kingdom

Educational Representations Through the Media

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module provides a general introduction to educational studies through the use of media. Media understood here includes both fictional (e.g. film and literature) and non-fictional sources (e.g. TV shows and documentaries). The module will consider how various educational concepts are represented through media, including (but not limited to) teacher-student relationships and identities, educational curricula, schooling, the function of academic institutions, as well as broader understandings of what constitutes education itself.

Through engaging with selected sources, questions around what education is and how education is represented will be considered. Students will consider the value of both fictional and non-fictional sources when thinking, researching, and writing about education, as tools for both entertainment and insight. This will further raise questions around performativity and reliability in education and educational research, the relationship between representation and reality, and the ways in which understandings of reality are affected by such images more broadly.

Course leader

Currently, Alison is the module leader on the UCL Summer School course, ‘What is Education?’ after developing it four years ago. Since then, the course has grown substantially. Alison also works as a Teaching Fellow at the UCL Institute of Education on th

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

 To develop students' critical and analytical thinking and writing when engaging with both fictional and
non-fictional sources
 To develop these skills through a practical application of a variety of tools and theoretical approaches,
in order to explore, contextualise and interrogate claims about education made within the sources
 To introduce students to ideas around the relationship between reality and educational representations,
with particular regard given to the ways in which such representations of education can and are
translated into educational policies and practices

Credits info

7.5 EC
15 UCL credits, 7.5 ECTS, 4 US

Fee info

GBP 2100: There is a built-in tuition fee discount for students studying for 6 weeks (2 modules).
GBP 1100: Accommodation (optional) costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.