The Special Educational Needs block is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The block aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education.
This block is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers you a choice of awards that means you can tailor the available provision to your own research interests.
By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.
Our Special Educational Needs block must be combined with one of the following blocks and indicated on your application form.
* Please note, Disability Studies is not available to study as a combined subject with Special Educational Needs
The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a 60 credit dissertation. The following modules are studied as part of the Special Educational Needs curriculum. The remaining credits should be made up from your other subject specialism.
Focusing on critical theory from the modern and postmodern eras, this module provides a basis for an interrogation of Disability Studies and Special Educational Needs. From Freud to Foucault, Goffman to Garland-Thomson, Derrida to Davis, McRuer to Murray, and so on, the module follows the progression of critical disability theory from the early twentieth century to the present day. Though explicitly theoretical, the content of the module is grounded in experiential knowledge. Concepts such as stigma, the normate, panopticism, normalcy, narrative prosthesis, dismodernism, crip theory, aesthetic nervousness, autistic presence, and the metanarrative of blindness are explored in relation to social, cultural, and individual attitudes toward impairment, disability and education.
As Baglieri and Knopf (2004) suggest human differences are ordinary, yet education continues to mark out some human differential characteristics as 'abnormal' and in need of 'special' education. Therefore, this module intends to map out how learner's differences have been conceptualised across time and examine the range of influences that have been significant to the changing landscape of what we now call SEN.
Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.
Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.
Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.
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Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two Research Centres and one Forum:
Students taking a Masters in the Faculty of Education may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.
You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adults' and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.
Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.