This module is designed to introduce you to some of the key concepts and debates surrounding children and childhood. It will provide you an opportunity to develop an analytical and critical understanding of the theoretical frameworks, research, policy and practice approaches relating to children. It will explore the nature of childhood and children's lives in a variety of contexts and the impact of social, economic, political and cultural processes on children and their wellbeing.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Apply different conceptual approaches to understand the position of children
- Essay writing skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Critically compare and contrast different perspectives in relation to children and childhood
- Team working skills
- Presentation skills
- Critically evaluate policy and practices relating to children
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different theoretical frameworks in understanding children and childhood
This module will provide an introduction to the key theoretical frameworks and concepts in understanding children and childhood and the application of different approaches in policy-making.
The module will also examine contemporary issues related to children, such as children and migration, child labour, child abduction and trafficking, in terms of understanding of children and childhood.
The lectures will be organized in four blocks:
1) Theorising childhood: the first block of the module will provide an overview of the key theoretical frameworks and concepts used to study children and childhood.
2) Contemporary debates: this block of the module will focus on contemporary issues and current debates on childhood studies. Topics will include: child labour, child abduction and trafficking, children and migration, etc.
3) Policy and practices: this block will examine the impact and consequences of some of the policy and practices concerning children i.e. children and work; child abuse;
4) Researching children: this block will introduce some of the cutting edge research on children and research ethics.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures,seminars, group work, presentation, research project
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Resources & Reading list
Wyness, M (2012). Childhood and Society: An Introduction to the Sociology of Childhood. Palgrave.
Qvortrup J (2011). The Palgrave Handbook of Childhook Studies. Palgrave.
Woodhead M & Montgomery H (2003). Understanding Childhood. Wiley.
Prout A (2005). The Future of Childhood. Routledge.
James A & James A (2008). Key Concepts in Childhood Studies. Sage.
Written feedback will be given to the presentation; Written feedback will be given to the video/booklet and individual report. All elements will be marked.
Group presentation -
This will be a 10-minute group presentation on your choice of given topics, demonstrating your understanding of the theoretical concepts covered in the module.
Assessment 2: 70%
You can choose either A or B of the following:
Option A. Group project
You will carry out a research project on your choice of given topics on children and complete it in a group. You can choose to present your research in one of the following forms: 1) a ten-minute video; 2) a ten-minute Panopto presentation; 3) a short research booklet (12- 15 A5 pages).
Option B. Individual project
You will carry out a research project individually on your choice of given topics about children and complete a 2,000-word individual research essay.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External