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ED10348: Childhood, youth and family

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (2000 words) (CW 50%)
  • Examination (2 hours) (EX 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The intention of this unit is to:
* provide an understanding of the role of the family as educators.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* compare and contrast definitions, processes and models of socialisation and the view of childhood that underpins those theories;
* be familiar with definitions and debates concerning the meaning of family;
* be familiar with the debates concerning the concept of parenting, mothering and fathering, and its relationship to children's needs;
* have an increased awareness of the cultural perspective on the family and its role in education;
* be familiar with the positioning of parenting and families in legislation and policy.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (assessed essay) [T/F/A]
* Effective oral communication (seminar presentations) [F]
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources [T/F/A]
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models [T/F/A]
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question [T/F/A]
* Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer [T/F]
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines [F/A]
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance [F/A].


* An examination of the term family: the variety of family structures and associated debates about the meaning of 'family'; history concerning the emergence of the nuclear family and cultural significance of extended family;
* Functions of the family: the role of family in education. socialisation - definitions and models; factors important for the socialisation process;
* Parenting and expectations of parenting and parental behaviour in different contexts; including notions of mothering and fathering;
* Family support and parent education programmes;
* Children learning in the family, research studies on cross cultural comparisons of socialisation;
* The family as policy - and the implications of policy for parenting and families e.g. the impact of 'Every Child Matters'.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED10348 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies (Year 1)
  • UHED-AKB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies with Professional Placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.