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ED20442: Contemporary issues in childhood and youth 1: theoretical perspectives

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
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 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Individual written report (CW 100%)
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:
* Extend students' knowledge of a range of contemporary sociological issues concerned with education, children and young people, with a particular focus on examining the development of those issues in a social and political context

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of a range of contemporary sociological issues concerned with education, children and young people and the factors that have influenced those issues
* Demonstrate understanding of recent research associated with contemporary sociological issues


* Engage in critical analysis of a wide range of texts and electronic information
* Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of research, policy and practice
* To communicate this information in assessment requirements
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through the use of concepts
* Ability to apply theory to contemporary issues


* Health and well-being: for example, eating disorders, self-image, fitness and exercise, lifestyle choices
* Young people and the law: for example, age of consent, school leaving age, issues of blame and accountability
* Culture and social roles: for example, teenage parenting, oppositional subcultures, young people as civic and political actors
* Children and young people in poverty: for example, child abuse and child protection, vulnerable children (disabled, traveller, asylum seekers and refugees) and the exploitation of children and young people.
* The role of technology in framing issues affecting children and young people; for example, critically discussing the ways in which technologies affect young people's learning and development.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED20442 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 2)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 2)