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

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Individual written report (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

Programme 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)


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