Schooling: a social and cultural history

Module 19249

This module examines the development of compulsory schooling in England and Wales from 1870 until today. It is a social and political history, analysing both how the development of schooling can be related to economic trends, political struggles and social problems, and exploring the symbolic dimensions - the meaning, experiences and representations - of schooling. In undertaking exercises in critical reading and documentary analysis, you will also be encouraged to develop a range of study skills required for higher education.

Module Lead

Dr Laura Day-Ashley


20 credits


2 hour exam (67%); 1,000 word seminar report (33%)

Contact time

Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (20 hours), External visits (2 hours), Guided independent study (158 hours) 

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