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ED30443: Contemporary issues in childhood and youth 2: policy and practice

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • assignment (3000 words) (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* Provide explanations of how a range of contemporary sociological issues concerned with education, children and young people are played out in the professional and political spheres
* explore the social dynamics associated with those issues to examine the causes, dynamics, effects and possible preventions

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 how current issues are played out in policy and practice.

* Engage in critical analysis of a wide range of texts and electronic information
* Interpersonal skills: for initial planning and subsequent relationships with professional
* Data collection and analysis: qualitative
* 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

Content: Examining the following issues in relation to questions of prevention/intervention:
1) Who (which professionals would be involved)?
2) What might they do in the situation?
3) What kinds of constraints and strategies might they encounter?
* Health and well being: eating disorders, self image, fitness and exercise, lifestyle choices
* Young people and the law: age of consent, school leaving age, issues of blame and accountability
* Culture and social roles: teenage parenting, oppositional subcultures, young people as civic and political actors
* Children and young people in poverty: child abuse and child protection, vulnerable children (disabled, traveller, asylum seekers and refugees) and the exploitation of children and young people.

Programme availability:

ED30443 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 3)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 4)

ED30443 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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