Undergraduate Course: Children and Childhoods (EDUA08090)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Children 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)
||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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||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.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional 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.
|No Exam Information
| 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).
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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Kristina Konstantoni
Tel: (0131 6)51 6305
|Course secretary||Mrs Alison Macleary
Tel: (0131 6)51 6382
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