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ED20436: Childhood and education in a global context

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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 75%, OR 25%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • 2000 word report (CW 75%)
  • Presentation (OR 25%)
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:
* introduce students to current global policy priorities and their development with reference to 'Education for All' goals, the EFA Global Monitoring report, and the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.
* develop students' awareness and of childhood policies and practices at a global level and provide students with an overview of the ways in which a selection of different countries conceptualise childhood.
* provide students with an overview of the key issues relating to poverty and marginalisation that children experience internationally and how these issues serve as a challenge to education.
* introduce students to the relationship between education, democracy, participation and social change.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* critically review the development of key national and international policy documentation on the education of children;
* recognise and critically engage with issues of cultural and social marginalisation (such as child labour, street children, conflict and war, child refugees, child trafficking, etc.) that are often linked with poverty and that serve as major barriers to education;
* recognise different perspectives and theories that help us to understand the role that education plays in the alleviation of child poverty;
* identify and apply different models of childhood to different global contexts;
* be aware of some of the key debates and theories associated with education for social change and the idea of global citizenship education.


* 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 or guidance [F/A]
* Intercultural understanding and sensitivity (F).

The unit begins by critically engaging with the global policy context to include consideration of the 'Education for All' (Jomptien/Dhaka) goals, the EFA Global Monitoring report and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The unit then considers the different perspectives influencing childhood policies and practices (such as developmental, human rights, political, economic, social and cultural perspectives). An introduction is then given to key issues of marginalisation (child labour, street children, conflict and war, child refugees, child trafficking, etc.) that millions of children experience globally and how these link with education, particularly non-formal education initiatives. Throughout the unit the relationship between democracy, education and learning is theorised. This relationship is highlighted in the following unit topics: education for social change in a global context; participation in formal schooling and out of schooling contexts; citizenship and the idea of global citizenship education.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED20436 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies (Year 2)
  • UHED-AKB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies with Professional Placement (Year 2)

* 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.
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