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Addressing Inequality and Difference in Educational Practice

The Open University UK

9 months
3410 GBP/full
3410 GBP/full
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The Addressing Inequality and Difference in Educational Practice module from The Open University UK requires you to challenge your own, and others’, assumptions with a view to engaging in the process of transforming education policy and practice to effect greater equality and/or social justice.

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You will be introduced to some of the core concepts pertaining to equality and social justice within education and then examine how taking a critical theory perspective can develop your understanding of these issues. 

As you progress through the Addressing Inequality and Difference in Educational Practice  module from The Open University UK you will be encouraged to engage with critical theory as a way of understanding and investigating equity and diversity and then developing more inclusive practices. Equality within specific professional practice settings will be considered by way of broad themes which apply internationally – for example, ethnicity, disability, religion, gender and poverty. You will be encouraged to consider the interaction of these themes as they influence the individual in his/her socio-cultural context and to explore the complexity of the individual situation.

The module draws upon critical theory to consider ways in which practitioners engage in transforming practice, and the research tools which they can employ to investigate how they might do this in relation to their own practice and educational experiences. You will learn the processes involved in, identifying and developing your own personal position. You will be given the tools and encouraged to engage in various ways with other students who will be developing these skills and understanding in their own practice.

After introduction to some of the issues in undertaking an investigation, you will plan, but not execute, a small-scale critical investigation of your own practice or practice known to you.

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email and tutorials. Tutorials are offered via online meeting rooms and support is also facilitated asynchronously in tutor group forums.

Programme Structure

This module will introduce you to the Inclusive Practice route within the Masters degree in Education. 

It will:

  • introduce some key concepts related to the route
  • offer the opportunity to maintain a learning journal and encourage reflection on your professional practice
  • provide opportunities to engage with the other students in your tutor group through a structured discussion forum
  • introduce the process of research and some of the skills of investigation that you will need to develop as you work through the qualification (e.g. searching the literature, reading critically, synthesising information) 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should be prepared for study at postgraduate level and have the minimum of a bachelors degree (in any subject) from a UK university or an equivalent professional qualification. We warmly welcome applications from students who have an undergraduate degree level qualification from universities outside the UK and which is deemed equivalent to a UK higher education degree.

  • You may find it beneficial to have professional experience in some sort of education or training: this can include all phases of education, and, for example, health and social care, the armed services and the police force.
  • You will need to be able to spend approximately 15-18 hours per week on studying for this module. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3410 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3410 GBP for the full programme during 9 months.
  • National

    3410 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3410 GBP for the full programme during 9 months.


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