Social Sciences in the Classroom - SE556

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR S Johns


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 based on a number of requirements. Students will be removed from the module if these requirements are not met. If this is the case, students will need to select an alternate 15 credit Spring term module.

The first requirement is having an aggregate 2:1 (60 or above), either from the first year (for those students who wish to take ANTB5560 in their 2nd year), or the first and second year combined (for students wanting to take ANTB5560 in their final year). This is non-negotiable. Students must also have a record of good attendance.

The module team will attempt to place all students who have an aggregate 2:1 and good attendance, but this does depend on availability of school placements across the various academic subjects. Interview may be conducted at this stage to decide between candidates. Students will find out about final decisions and any possible interviews in September/October. The Partnership Development Office in consultation with the 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.

Requirements for selected students: There is also a training session, and a session where students meet their teacher, both of which selected students must attend in the Autumn term prior to officially starting ANTB5560 in the Spring term. If there are any issues with the DBS check, or if a student does not attend training, or if they don't respond to email requests for information/ don't seem interested in actually doing a placement they will also be removed from the module. We can't risk relationships with external partners by sending students who aren't fully engaged and committed.





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 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 final taught lesson in consultation with the teacher and with the local module convener. They must then implement and evaluate the lesson.


This module appears in:

Contact hours



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

Method of assessment

100% Coursework
Portfolio (80%)
Teacher Assessment (20%)

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

8.1 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;
8.2 understand the importance of professional responsibility and of following professional guidelines;
8.3 understand the National Curriculum (or school specific curricula for independent schools) and interpreting (however broadly) the role of the specific degree subject within it;
8.4 demonstrate knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.

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