Social Sciences in the Classroom - SE556

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 6 15 (7.5) DR S Johns checkmark-circle


The module will begin with (locally timetabled, formative) training sessions for the students 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 members of the Partnership Development Office.

After training the student will spend approximately 6 hours in a school in the Spring term (this session excludes time to travel to and from the School, preparation and debrief time with the teacher). 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 log of their activities and experiences at each session. 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 final taught lesson in consultation with the teacher and with the local module convener. They must then implement and reflect on the lesson.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 10
Private study hours: 140
Total study hours: 150


Module can contribute to all undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Method of assessment

Portfolio (4000 words) (80%)
Teacher Assessment (20%)
NB both assessment methods must be passed in order to successfully pass the module.

Indicative 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)

Learning outcomes

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;
understand the importance of professional responsibility and of following professional guidelines;
understand the National Curriculum (or school specific curricula for independent schools) and interpreting (however broadly) the role of the specific degree subject within it;
demonstrate knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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