EDU8211 : The Role of the State in Education: Education Policy and Entrepreneurship for Development

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


It is often assumed that it is the state's role to provide schooling for children, especially ‘free’ schooling in developing countries, to attain the Millennium Development Goals for to education (viz., education for all and gender equality in education).

This course aims to:
*       introduce students to recent, award-winning research exploring the role of private and public sectors in educational provision for low-income families;
*       enable students to critically evaluate different perspectives and research findings in developing countries concerning the role of public and private sectors;
*       Critically assess different regulatory frameworks for education and the education policies of international agencies.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is for anyone that is interested in policy decisions and who makes these decisions in education in developing countries, especially for the poorest. The module highlights the phenomenon of private schools for the poor that are operating in poor areas across Africa and Asia, and explores their potential role in international education policy and the reaching of the Millennium Development Goals in education. Anyone interested in education, policy issues, business, entrepreneurship, markets and developing countries will gain knowledge and awareness from this course.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical81:008:00Seminar
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study170:0070:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures and seminars provide a theoretical and contextual framework for the whole module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1004,000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be assessed on their ability to discuss and evaluate the issues explaored throughout the course. They will need to critically analyse and argue issues concerning global education policy and provision options in developing countries.

The assessment will be concerned with education policy and educational provision in developing countries utilising all of the information, evidence and knowledge built up over the course. The students will be able to dicsuss issues about different types of managerial delivery as well as global education policy issues.

Reading Lists