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Postgraduate Course: Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CLPS11046)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will be delivered entirely online.

In the recent publication 'The Spirit Level', the impact of social inequality was starkly highlighted: in every society, regardless of wealth, differences in socioeconomic position translate into significant social problems for society as whole; this impact included a significant number of measures of child well-being. This is not new information. The impact of social inequality on children has been well documented with research consistently highlighting negative outcomes in a range of areas including, security of attachment, mental health, competence in literacy and numeracy, criminality, and economic participation for children placed in lower end of the socio-economic scale. Further, research has also highlighted that each step up the socio-economic ladder results in improved prospects for child well-being and that these improvements result in significant economic returns to society that far outweigh the original investment.

The benefits for the individual child, and society as a whole, of tackling social inequality underpins a number of the Scottish Government's recent policies (The Early Years Framework, Achieving our Potential, Curriculum for Excellence, Equally Well, and Skills for Scotland) and the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) agenda. This national framework requires that a comprehensive range of factors, including the child's developmental needs, parent's capacity to meet those needs, the child's environment and wider world, and the connections between these domains, be taken into account when considering the needs of children and young people; however, whilst significant guidance was provided, this focused less on the child's environment and wider world and the impact of social inequality in this domain.

This course aims to consider this gap. The course will examine research on the impact of social inequality on children and young people and the recent policy direction aimed at tackling the problem. Further, by focusing on the ecology of childhood, which sees the child as part of a number of interconnected systems, including the family, social networks, schools, and the wider community, the course will also consider how inequality, within different domains of the child's life, can impact on their well-being, and how inequality in one domain can interact with those in another, to compound the disadvantage of individual children, young people and families.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 181 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual assignment, 2500 words, 50%
Online group assignment, 2500 words, 50%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of research into the impact of social inequality on child well-being and appraisal of the current policy direction surrounding social inequality.
  2. Understand the challenges of the connections and interactions between various inequalities and the influences these can have on the lives of children, young people, and families.
  3. A critical appreciation of the ecology of child development and familiarity with the emerging concept of ecological practice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to evidence, and reflect on, links between different parts of the ecology of children and young people and how to work creatively with these connections.
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Course organiserDr Charles Marley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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