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SP20099: Childhood: sociological perspectives & policy issues

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 6
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 2
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: SP20099 - Coursework only (where allowed by programme regulations)
Follow this link for further information on unit rules Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take SP10001 and take SP10002
Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
To introduce sociological theories of childhood(s) and then to examine a range of social policies that impact on children in the UK.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the Unit students should know about:
Key writings on the sociological theories of childhood; historical and contemporary debates about the nature of childhood; major social policy issues and the ways these impact on children and young people.

Skills:
By the end of the Unit students should be able to:
* Think creatively and analytically.
* Communicate an argument.
* Evaluate others' arguments and research.
* Learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying).
* Critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* Utilise a child-centred perspective for the analysis of theory and policy
* Gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e. library, web-based, archives etc.).
* Select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge.
* Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
* Utilise problem solving skills.
* Analyse and evaluate innovative practices in students' relevant degree discipline.
* Effectively and efficiently apply principles of sociological/social policy analysis within a variety of environments.
* Use study & learning skills (note taking, avoiding plagiarism, using the library, gathering and using information, constructing a bibliography, referencing)
* Apply basic ICT skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information)
* Undertake essay research &, preparation, use writing skills
* Construct a bibliography of varying complexity
* Use time-management and administrative skills
* Reflect upon his/her own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* Solve problems in a variety of situations.
* Manage time effectively and respond to changing demands.
* Prioritise workloads, and utilise long- and short-term planning skills.

Content:
History of childhood, Definitions and models of childhood including developmentalism, socialisation and new social studies of childhood; Governance of childhood and children´┐Żs rights; Generation and agency; Post-modern childhood, the virtual child and imagined childhoods; children and consumption; Children and social policy:, The social investment state, poverty, childcare and parental employment. Is childhood in crisis and what is a good childhood?
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP20099 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB14 : BSc (hons) Applied Social Studies (Full-time) - Year 2

SP20099 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc (hons) Social Policy (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc (hons) Social Policy (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc (hons) Social Policy (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc (hons) Social Policy (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AKB01 : BSc (hons) Social Policy and Administration (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Social Sciences (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Social Sciences (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc (hons) Social Sciences (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc (hons) Social Sciences (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc (hons) Sociology (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc (hons) Sociology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Sociology (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Sociology (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc (hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc (hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc (hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc (hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AFB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AFB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UHSP-AKB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.