This interdisciplinary module will critically examine the purpose of education, and the relationship between education’s capacity to bring about social change and the future of societies across the globe. This forward-looking module aims to rethink the status quo in education by challenging students to boldly reimagine the future of education.
The module draws upon science, technology, history, sociology, and philosophy, and considers how societies create education futures characterised by justice. You will explore how the introduction of technology into learning environments impacts upon the very idea of education, and engage in questioning why technologies are used and the actors involved in design, implementation and use. You will also explore the presence of ‘big data’ as a system of governance that exerts global influence on learning and education.
Additionally, you will consider how advances in genetics, epigenetics, biochemistry and neuroscience, may transform the way we think about students, classrooms, teaching and learning in the future. You will also consider ‘futuring processes’ in education that seek to engage in past, present and future injustices which are embedded in subjectivities, memories and future possibilities.
By the end of the module, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the formal school processes that create demand for education reform;
- Draw upon existing literature and key debates to evidence and support arguments about the role and purpose of ‘education futures’ in schooling;
- Critically assess a range of different modes of schooling that challenge the status quo in education; and,
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concerns associated with ‘futuring processes’ in education as they relate to social justice