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EDUC6452 Developing Strategies: Global and Social Change

Module Overview

This module focuses on another role of senior staff in education institutions - responding to changes in the global and social environment. This module begins with an examination of the forces affecting education in the 21st centenary. In particular it will examine changing political policies, increasing globalisation and the effect of internationalisation, and how education institutions respond to these changes.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • -Critically evaluate the theories and concepts that underpin debates in social change, globalisation and internationalisation in the field of education
  • -Appreciate the range of strategies used by institutions in response to globalisation and internationalisation and the consequences of these developments
  • -Understand and assess the various theories of change
  • -Identify and debate the role of leadership in facilitating change in organisations


The content of the module will typically cover: - Conceptualising globalisation, internationalisation, and marketisation - Analysing the impact of these changes in society and in education. - Strategies for managing change in education organisations - The learning organisation - The role of leadership

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught entirely online. A typical 'lesson' would include: - Lectures - delivered live via the university's web conferencing system (Adobe Connect) or as pre-prepared videos -Lecture notes - written by the module tutors - Selected readings - from the prescribed core texts -Written tasks - submitted via private blogs or discussion forums - Online activities - such as quizzes and tests - Individual and Group tutorials - via Skype (individual) or Adobe Connect (groups)

Independent Study176
Practical classes and workshops6
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Carnall, C., & By, R. T. (2014). Managing Change in Organizations. (Core Textbook). 

Shields, R. (2013). Globalization and international education. (Core Textbook). 

Extra Readings. During each lesson you will be directed to related readings from other textbooks and journal articles to enhance and extend your understanding of the topics under discussion. All of these resources will be available electronically via the University's library


Assessment Strategy



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

2 Core Textbooks Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available electronically on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Please note that the vast majority of readings are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line.

Travel Costs for placements

Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as any conference registration fees). Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any travel cost associated.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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