United Kingdom, Brighton

Education in Perspective: Why Education Matters

when 18 July 2016 - 11 August 2016
duration 4 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1520

What does it mean to educate and be educated in a global context? We discuss the meanings, purposes and philosophies of education, covering topics such as education for social and economic reproduction and education for individual and social transformation. Drawing on UK and global perspectives, we will consider how education systems at different levels can be understood in light of contributions from sociology, philosophy and economics. You take a critical perspective on education in the classroom, addressing how people learn, how education accounts for difference and the effectiveness of diverse pedagogies. You apply this critical perspective to education policy considering how education links to economic concerns, international development and globalisation. This module follows an interdisciplinary approach to education and is specifically designed to appeal to students from different academic backgrounds.

Course leader

Emily Danvers

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 25 to 35 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 1520: Tuition only (one four session)
GBP 2820: Tuition (both four weekly sessions)


The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.