Theory for the Job: Comparing (theory 1) and (theory 2) to understand (issue)

Course Assessment Information


Summative assessment


The assessment for this course will consist of a critical essay of 4,000-4,500 words (not including references) addressing the following task:

Title: Theory for the Job: Comparing (theory 1) and (theory 2) to understand (issue)

Choose a contemporary educational issue that interests you, and explain why it matters with reference to social justice and equity models and principles. Draw on both  primary and secondary sources to outline two theoretical approaches from the course that could contribute to a deeper understanding of this issue.  Explain how each theory’s concepts and arguments  might relate to your issue. From this analysis, build an argument for why one approach offers more explanatory power for this particular issue.



  1. Identifies a contemporary educational issue and relates it to social justice and equity principles.
  2. Demonstrates understanding of the selected approaches in relation to the selected issue.
  3. Draws on both primary and secondary literature productively.
  4. Critically differentiates the selected approaches from each other, in terms of their relative strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Presents a cogent, well structured and scholarly argument, to articulate and defend a preference.
  6. Uses the Harvard or APA system of citation conventions and demonstrates appropriate academic literacies.


Weighting: 100%

Assessment Schedule: A



Assessment deadline:

Due by Thursday, 06/05/2021, @ 23:55



Provisional grades, subject to ratification at Board of Examiners, will be released by: tbc


Formative Assessment

In the  seminars, students will receive feedback on their contributions and understanding across the course, and opportunities to discuss their approach to the assessment task.

Students will also be asked to indicate what contemporary issue they are interested in and will be given the option of forming study groups around shared interests.



In line with University policy, a proportion of students’ assessment tasks are second marked to ensure consistency across the cohort of students. Markers will meet before marking to clarify criteria and how they should be applied, so there is shared understandings. After grading, all papers receiving a D grade or below will be double marked and an agreed mark reached between assessors. In addition, a 10% sample of other papers will be second marked to check consistency of grades. Further, a spread of papers are sent to the external examiner to verify standards and consistency.

Extension and Good Cause

In accordance with University regulations set out in the University Regulations, a request for an extension of up to five working days can be made to the course leader before the deadline due to unexpected issues. If an extension beyond five working days is required then an application for Good Cause along with supporting evidence must be made via the student’s My Campus record.  This application must be submitted within 5 working days of the assessment deadline.  The School aims to respond to Good Cause applications within 5 working days of submission. Please see guidance on what constitutes reasonable grounds or ‘good cause’ for an extension.

Please note that technical issues cannot be considered under Good Cause and in these circumstances only a maximum of a three working day extension can be applied.

If an extension is required due to circumstances that have taken place during the course and not within the period of the submission deadline, then the student should submit a Good Cause application with relevant supporting evidence and this will be considered by the School under ‘affected learning’.  It is important that if these circumstances affected the student’s ability to attend classes that the student has reported their absence via My Campus.


Late penalties

In accordance with University regulations a penalty of minus two subgrades, e.g. B1 to B3, will be applied for each working day that the assessment is late.  Where an assignment is submitted more than five working days late a grade of ‘H’ (0) will be applied.

See the Code of Assessment regulations for information on Minimum Requirement for the Award of Credits and information on the Schedule A marking scheme as well as the information outlined above on extensions and Good Cause.

For more information, please see your program handbook.



We want to assess your work, not someone else’s. Please visit the University’s guidance on plagiarism. Plagiarism detected at Masters level has serious consequences.