Assignment 1&2

Assignment 1


NOTE: The blue texts are my notes for you.


The first assignment (A1) requires you to write a reflection on intercultural engagement in learning communities and relationships.


For this assignment, you will need to select ONE question (from a list shared by the tutor at the start of term) and discuss it by making use of a range of sources on the topic. Lectures and seminars will be directed towards helping you to guide your interest – however personal research is essential in order to successfully pass the assessment.


  • Select a question/topic from the list provided by the tutor

This is the link for the list of topics and under is the topic that I chose.




  • Select a range of sources which discuss your chosen topic. Sources used for the assignment must include at least two peer reviewed sources (e.g. journal article).

I was asked to do a homework with the same instructions with the same topics before, but it was not for marking and it was only 400 words, it has the peer reviewed sources and my writing if it would help, I will put it on the next page.



(Is UK Higher Education a fair and equal space for success?


The resources focus on the relation of education to social class in general, The first one is by

Richard Hatcher with the title (Social class and schooling: Differentiation or democracy?) and it

takes a very in-depth look to all aspects of education and poverty and the fair chances for the

people of the lower classes in society, The second resource is a journal published by the

university of Bristol and it takes a more historical route as it helps understanding the role of

sociological research in education and how it came to be, The article written by Richard Hatcher

shows with supporting numbers the huge difference between the social classes In the UK and

how it strongly relates to education, It also argues that there is a very apparent social class

based inequality and the government policies are not helping in reducing them, But on the

opposite they cause the problem of in-class discrimination as the pupil from the lower social

classes are treated as less in terms of assumed knowledge and other aspects, One of the most

important arguments that Richard makes is that those pupil have the same success chances if

the curriculum is to be adjusted to fit all through the inclusion of meaningful knowledge to all

classes, And for that to happen the people who are related to education need to work taking in

mind the needs of all classes, Where the second resource argues that the inequality affecting

the lower social classes is treated as a very normal thing by the society and the government,

And how that it’s wrongfully perceived that underachievement by that class is because of their

lack of motivation and not because of the fragile system, It also mentions that the focus on

research done for the relation between sociology and education is considered irrelevant and

that any research done is more on the basic tools of education, And lastly that all of this affects

the social mobility of the people from the lower social classes, After reading both resources we

can conclude that the education in the UK is not fair regardless of the education level and if it is

to be improved the decision makers will need to rethink the importance of the working class in

the society as they are an integral part of the UK’s success as a great nation.



 A journal by the University of Bristol (


 Cole, M., (2000) Education, equality and human rights: Issues of gender, 'race', sexuality,

disability and social class, Routledge Taylor & Francis group,



  • Outline the relevant issues, making reference to your reading on the chosen topic
  • Critically evaluate different viewpoints and research approaches in relation to your chosen question
  • Summarise your conclusions based on relevant research


Assignment 2


Assignment 2 (A2): 40%


The second assignment (A2) focuses on the connections between thinking and writing. The aim is for you to show how your knowledge and thinking came together in answering the question you chose for A1. You will be required to identify, name and practise the steps necessary to engage in academic argument. You will discuss the process of reading and understanding a question, paraphrasing and structuring.


For the assignment, you need to select TWO peer-reviewed sources that you used in presenting your argument in A1 (eg a journal article, a book chapter) and write a reflection explaining why these two sources were central in making your argument. To write your reflection, you may wish to consider the following guiding questions:


  • Understanding the source:
  • What did you understand as a result of reading the source?
  • What did you not understand and so researched further?
  • Discussing the line of argument:
  • What is the author’s line of argument?
  • What evidence does the author use to support his argument?
  • Is the evidence used convincing?
  • Answering the question:
  • How does the source relate to your essay question (A1)?
  • How does this source support your own argument?
  • Why is this source stronger than others?

Note: Referencing standards followed in A1 are expected in A2, if applicable.

I was asked to do a homework with the same instructions with the same topics before, but it was not for marking and it was only 400 words, it has the peer reviewed sources and my writing if it would help, I will put it blow.



(The subject of fairness of education is a very important especially for one of the greater powers in the world like the UK, In the sense that with great powers comes great responsibility and for that reason  the UK should be an example for the other education in the world, in the light of that and to answer the question is the education in the UK fair I chose to go with chapter ten (Social class and schooling: differentiation or democracy?)by Richard Hatcher from a book of collected articles discussing the subjects of education, equality and human rights, the thing to be understood from the chapter is that education in the UK is affected by the social class of pupil, the writers view is that the education Of the low class citizens is affected by many aspects Such as cultural knowledge, the education givers perception of the student, The material provided for the student and the student perception about themselves too, And he supports that by giving Information provided by many organizations that are related to education like PISA and statistics that are dated back to the early stages of education in the UK and a thorough explanation of the relation between education and social class, which makes the  evidence provided by the writer  very convincing as it is very thorough, detailed, and very accurate, This article relates to my argument because it discusses the relation of social class to the fairness of chances of education in the UK,  And it supports my argument in the sense that it proves that education in the UK is actually not fair answering the question (Is UK Higher Education a fair and equal space for success?)



 Cole, M., (2000) Education, equality and human rights: Issues of gender, 'race', sexuality,

disability and social class, Routledge Taylor & Francis group,


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