Social Sciences in the Classroom - SE556

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR A Waldstein


This module has no specific prerequisites but requires a solid understanding of the degree subject area. The module will run alongside the Student Ambassador Scheme that is operating successfully in the Partnership Development Office. Students will be required to have successfully completed a DBS check before going into a school. If a DBS certificate is not obtained then the applicant will not be able to complete the module and will have the opportunity to choose another degree appropriate 15-credit module.

Acceptance onto the module is by interview and is subject to confirmation of a school placement. The Partnership Development Office in consultation with each convenor will source school placements. If a student is not selected to take the module, or if a suitable placement cannot be found then student will be able to choose another 15-credit spring module appropriate for their degree. All Applicants will normally be interviewed at the end of Stage 1. Selection will be on the basis of a student’s previous academic history, ability to communicate technical material clearly, together with a thoughtful approach to what they expect to gain from, and contribute to, the module, and their ability to act as a role model and to represent the university in an outside organisation.





The module will begin with (locally timetabled, formative) training sessions for the students (2x3hours) in the Autumn term. These will include sessions on the sections of the national curriculum that are degree specific, the relationship with the teacher, how to behave with pupils, as well as how to organise an engaging and informative session on an aspect of the specific degree subject drawn from the national curriculum. These sessions will be run by the local module convenors, the academic schools' Outreach Officers (though this may be the same person) and members of the Partnership Development Office.

After training the student will spend one session per week for six weeks in a school in the Spring term (this session includes time to travel to and from the School, preparation and debrief time with the teacher and 'in class’ time with the teacher and pupils – 3 hours in total). Generally, they will begin by observing lessons taught by their designated teacher and possibly other teachers. Later they will act somewhat in the role of a teaching assistant by working with individual pupils or with a small group. They may take ‘hotspots’: brief sessions with the whole class where they explain a topic or talk about aspects of university life. Finally the student will progress to the role of "teacher" and will be expected to lead an entire lesson.

The student will be required to keep a weekly log of their activities. Each student will also create resources to aid in the delivery of their subject area within the curriculum. Finally, the student will devise a special project (final taught lesson) in consultation with the teacher and with the local module convener. They must then implement and evaluate the project.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Contact hours (initial training and support classes): 12 hours
Placement time: 18 hours


The module is not compulsory for any programme, it is a "Wild Module" for ALL undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of Social Sciences (excluding Pol/IR programmes) where there is space in the timetable for a 15 credit module in the Spring term of either the second or final year of the degree. Student must also attend non-credit bearing training sessions in the Autumn term before they officially begin this module.
Selection interviews will normally be in the summer term of the academic year in which students choose their stage 2/3 modules. Initial, formative, training sessions with the Partnership Development Office (PDO) will be during the Autumn Term of the academic year in which the module is being taken.
While complications with selection may arise for students on year abroad programmes who wish to take this module in the final stage of their degree, it is envisaged that these will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework:
1. Portfolio 80% - Including a log-book with one entry for each placement day, teaching materials and an end of module report, totalling 4,000 words.
2. Teacher Assessment 20% - Teachers will be provided with an assessment form to complete.

Preliminary reading

Information on the National Curriculum:

Rest of list will be subject specific and distributed to students by the local module convenor once they are accepted onto the module after interviews.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Ability to present core degree subject specific concepts, methods, theories, ideologies, to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research in the degree discipline, as well as key features of the specific degree subject clearly within a classroom setting.
Understanding of the importance of professional responsibility and of following professional guidelines.
Understanding of the National Curriculum and interpreting (however broadly) the role of the specific degree subject within it.
Knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them

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