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The University of Southampton

EDUC2057 Curriculum Design

Module Overview

You will study approaches to curriculum design and the ideologies underpinning these approaches as well as the range of other factors that influence Curriculum design. You will consider the complex relationship between learners, teachers and policy makers in implementing, managing and assessing the curriculum, and how these are influenced by the ideologies. You will study this utilising a variety of contexts including the English National Curriculum and its subjects, and the curricula of other countries from a historical and modern day perspective.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of ideologies associated with the curriculum, its implementation, management and assessment.
  • Compare and contrast the influence of different education systems and conceptual frameworks on curriculum design.
  • Critically analyse and reflect on the ideological influences on curriculum design and development.
  • Organise and articulate a reasoned line of argument in writing.


Topics normally covered in this module will include: - The nature of the curriculum; - Curriculum design and curriculum theory; - The structure of knowledge; - Models of the curriculum that relate to the ideology of curriculum as content and education as transmission; - Models of the curriculum that relate to the ideology of curriculum as produce and education as instrumental; - Models of the curriculum that relate to the ideology of curriculum as process and education as development; - The English National Curriculum and its subjects; - Implementing and maintaining curriculum; - Ways of assessing curriculum; - Insights into curriculum design in a globalised context.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is delivered through the pattern of a lecture followed later by a seminar or workshop that is designed to explore the content of the lecture in more detail. You will therefore participate in seminar discussions and workshop activities, preparation for which may take place between the lecture and the seminar or workshop. This module is taught through two 1 hour sessions each week, plus a session preparing for the assessment.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kelly, A.V. (2009). The Curriculum: Theory and Practice. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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