Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024.
Theories of Character, Virtue and Flourishing (20 credits)
This module examines the key theories of character, virtue and human flourishing. Within the module, you will consider various theories from the fields of psychology, philosophy and education. You will consider how these theories impact on your professional practice, in particular how they inform planning, administration and policy. Throughout the module current problems and/or new insights in the field will be examined and critically debated.
Research Methods in Character Education (20 credits)
This module will introduce you to the research process and how it is applied within character education. You will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of different types of research designs (e.g., qualitative versus quantitative) and tools for collecting data (e.g., interviews versus surveys), and how these have been used within character educational research. This module will enable you to correctly formulate your own research questions and identify research methods appropriate to answering those questions. In doing so, you will consider practical and ethical challenges, and how your research should be communicated to stakeholders for maximal impact.
History and Politics of Character Education (20 credits)
This module examines how historical, political and religious ideas about character have shaped character education in the past and continue to shape character education today. Throughout the Module a comparative approach is taken, asking you to examine the history and politics of character education within your own and other contexts. The module encourages you to explore the interconnections between history, politics and religion in relation to character education and to develop an understanding of the benefits of, and issues with, comparative work and "policy borrowing" in the field of character education.
Character Education Interventions in Schools and Organisations (20 credits)
This module looks at the practical application of character education. Within the module, you will examine how character education can be implemented in various educational settings, including schools and community organisations. You will apply critical thinking to develop your own character education interventions aimed at enhancing the cultivation of character and virtues. You will consider appropriate design methodology and evaluation strategies when developing an intervention.
Character Education Leadership in Schools and Organisations (20 credits)
This module examines the role of leaders in developing character education in schools and other organisations. Within the module, you will consider various leadership theories and critically debate the character virtues of a “good” leader. You will consider how leadership theories might underpin the leadership of character education within schools and organisations and will examine the challenges of leading character education programmes.
The Virtuous Practitioner (20 credits)
This module is framed around a central question: what does it mean to be a virtuous practitioner? Within the module, you will consider the character virtues of professionals working in different education contexts. You will consider moral dilemmas facing professionals, and professionals’ moral and civic responsibilities. You will focus on models of reflection and consider how reflection and practical wisdom might be developed through training in professional contexts.
In year three, you will complete a dissertation (max. 15,000 words) on a topic of your choice related to a core theme covered within the modules.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.