Belfast, United Kingdom

Education for Transformation

when 25 June 2018 - 20 July 2018
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 2600

Learn from interdisciplinary teaching from world-leading practitioners and scholars across the fields of education, social science, social policy, law, criminology, youth justice and social work in our unique Education for Transformation Summer School, which aims to drive change through learning. The School is located in located in a unique society emerging from conflict with many distinct educational sectors. From faith schools to Irish language schools to religiously integrated schools to schools involved in the internationally renowned Shared Education Programme, QUB is at the heart of rigorous research conducted throughout our schools and those further afield which has informed policy and brought about systemic change in the local system and beyond. You will be taught by those who have led and developed the innovative research, change and transformation of the internationally renowned education system we have today.

There will be exciting opportunities to hear first-hand accounts of researching and teaching in different educational contexts and working within other disciplines (justice, social work, social policy) and in partnership with key stakeholders to include Governments, charities and NGOs. Students are also given the opportunity to meet with some of Northern Ireland’s stakeholders and education partners, with excursions to informal educational settings to see our learning in practice.

Course leader

Dr Karen Kerr

Target group

Undergraduate students

Course aim

Drawing on our experiences and research within Northern Ireland, the UK and from around the world, we will examine:

• Northern Ireland and the local and global platform: including sessions on higher education, Northern Ireland culture and dealing with social and religious differences throughout our unique history and in current times.

• Education through Evidence and Social Innovation: to include sessions on children’s services, early intervention and prevention, conducting RCTs and a range of rigorous educational research approaches.

• UNESCO sessions: to include sessions on curriculum in divided and conflict-affected societies, engaging young people with controversial political issues, models for promoting intercultural education and maximising intergroup contact through schools in divided societies.

• Education for all: to include sessions on epistemic justice and special needs education, inclusive education for children and young people with disabilities, mental health needs of children in care and the implications for schools, student voice and youth justice.

• Education Studies and leadership in the 21st century: to include sessions on literacy, technology and society, higher order thinking skills, learning dispositions, theories of learning, assessment, the outdoor classroom and educational leadership.

Credits info

10 EC
The Summer School is the equivalent to one teaching module at Queen’s (one sixth of a full time undergraduate academic year.) This is worth a recommended 5 -6 US credits or 10 ECTS credits. This is based on a notional 200 hours of student engagement with the programme content- including teaching time, educational/cultural excursions, independent learning prior to and during the programme and time spent on the assessment (which is 4000 – 5000 words). Your home university must decide if it wants to award you this credit - they may contact us for more details of the programme before making a decision. When your work is graded you will be given a percentage mark (grade conversion from United Kingdom into US letter grade).

Fee info

GBP 2600: * All tuition
* Accommodation in single ensuite room (own shower and toilet) on campus with cooked breakfast
* Fieldtrips and cultural visits
* Meals while on fieldtrips
GBP 1300: * All tuition
* Field trips and cultural visits
* Meals while on the field trips
* No accommodation provided


There are four international mobility tuition fee scholarships available for undergraduate international students. (*Please note UK/ROI and EU students are not eligible.)

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