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Undergraduate Course: Children and Childhoods (EDUA08090)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionChildren and Childhoods asks students to relate their own ideas concerning children and young people to articles on childhood drawn from a wide range of subjects (e.g. History, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Women's Studies, Ethnicity, Anthropology, Fictional Literature, etc). The course encourages students to investigate, compare and contrast a diverse number of representations of childhood in academic writing, literature, film, drama, art, news papers and so forth. The central aim is to develop the students' understanding of and ability to utilise different theories of childhood to understand their own and other people's everyday values, taken for granted assumptions, patterns of behaviour and work practices. Students will be asked to identify how topical aspects of childhood relate to different representations of childhood within childhood studies literature.

Particular emphasis is placed on sociological and psychological understandings of social action, socialisation and development. These perspectives will be contrasted with representations in the media and literature of children as passive, vulnerable, good, evil, unruly and in need of protection. This theoretical perspective will underpin later courses that explore childhood and the family, childhood law & policy and practical work-based modules concerning project evaluation, working in, developing and managing organisations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements All non BA Childhood Practice students should contact the Course Organiser before enrolling on the course. Entry to the course is at the discretion of the Course Organiser as potential students must have previous experience working with children and young people and during the course should have access to a relevant childcare/early years setting e.g. voluntary/part time etc) in order to meet the assignment criteria. There is a maximum number of students who may be enrolled on the course.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAll non BA Childhood Practice students should contact the Course Organiser before enrolling on the course. Entry to the course is at the discretion of the Course Organiser as potential students must have previous experience working with children and young people and during the course should have access to a relevant childcare/early years setting e.g. voluntary/part time etc) in order to meet the assignment criteria. There is a maximum number of students who may be enrolled on the course.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  35
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course participants will be able to:
Analyse their own and other people's perspectives of children and young people.
Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of contrasting academic writing on childhood.
Identify, analyse and synthesise opposing topical and historical representations of childhood.
Demonstrate knowledge of the social construction of childhood and the development of the sociology, psychology, history, geography and anthropology of childhood.
Demonstrate the ability to contrast a variety of non-academic representations of childhood within art, books, film, and wider media.
Relate theoretical perspectives of childhood to concrete everyday settings (e.g. their work place).
Assessment Information
Assessment:
Participants will complete a 2,500 word essay in which they: compare and contrast two theories of childhood; illustrate their discussion with examples of the representation of children in art, books or other media; relate theoretical perspectives to concrete examples from everyday settings; and explain how they have changes or plan to change their practice based on what they have learnt.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Indicative Reading:
Foley, P., Roche, J. and Tucker, S. (2001) Children in Society. Milton Keyes, Open University Press.
James, A. & Prout, A. (1997) Contemporary issues in the Sociological study of Childhood'. In: James, A & Prout, A (eds) Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood. London, Falmer.
Kehily, J. M., (2009) An Introduction to Childhood Studies. 2nd edition. Maidenhead, Open University Press.
Maynard, T. & Thomas, N. (2004) An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies. London, Sage.
Qvortrup, J., Corsaro, W.A., Honig, M.S. (eds) (2009) The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies. Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan.
Taylor, J. & Woods, M. (Eds) (1998) Early Childhood Studies: An Holistic Introduction. London, Arnold.
Woodhead, M. & Montgomery, H. (Eds) (2003) Understanding Childhood An Interdisciplinary Approach. Chichester, John Wiley and Sons
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Kristina Konstantoni
Tel: (0131 6)51 6305
Email: kristina.konstantoni@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Alison Macleary
Tel: (0131 6)51 6382
Email: Alison.Macleary@ed.ac.uk
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