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Postgraduate Course: Foundations of International Child Protection (EDUA11314)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education 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 explore how we think about, define, measure and explain child abuse and neglect and other forms of child maltreatment. This course will cover the concepts, theories and frameworks underpinning child protection globally. Students in this course will discuss child protection within an evidence-based framework and will explore the risk and protective factors influencing child abuse, neglect and youth violence at the individual, relationship, community and society levels.
Course description Child Protection in a Global Context
Types of Child Maltreatment
Definitions, data sources and issues in measuring child maltreatment and youth violence
Underpinning theories, risk and protective factors for types of child maltreatment and youth violence
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Online Activities 50, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 118 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other study hours is study support for the written assignment
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Task 1 (50%) Poster and presentation (2,000 words) Students will develop a poster of an ecological model (and accompanying written statement) applied to a specific child abuse and neglect topic exploring the risk and protective factors for their chosen topic at the individual, relationship, community and society levels.

Task 2: (50%)- Research Question Proposal (2,000 words) Students will write a proposal for inclusion of 1-2 variables on child abuse, neglect and/or youth violence within an already existing national, regional, local or routinely collected dataset. Students will need to demonstrate the evidence base behind why a particular variable (max 2 questions) should be included, the benefits and potential impact for child protection for inclusion of the variable(s).
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to have additional course tutorial about using datasets and understanding variables. They will submit a draft by week 5 of the course of their planned proposal. The tutor will provide individual feedback on this proposal by week 8.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically compare and contrast concepts, theories and frameworks underpinning child protection globally.
  2. Articulate comprehensive awareness of the risk and protective factors influencing child abuse, neglect and youth violence at the individual, relationship, community and society levels.
  3. Critically examine prevalence and incidence data of child maltreatment and youth violence,
  4. Conceptualise the key measurement issues in child protection and analyse critically definitions and prevalence measurements.
  5. Demonstrate critical understanding of key global debates in the child protection field and argue the relevance of key international child protection policies and how these impact on global challenges.
Reading List
Additional Course Reading
-Dubowitz, H.E. (2012) World Perspectives on Child Abuse, Vol. 10, IPSCAN.
- General Assembly of the United Nations (1989) The Convention on the Rights of the Child, Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 20 November 1989.
-Pinheiro, S. (2006) United Nations Secretary General¿s Study: Report on Violence Against Children
-World Health Organization (2002) World Report on Violence and Health
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Conducting literature searches in child protection research (key databases, search terms, etc.)
Oral and written communication skills
Critical analysis
Special Arrangements None
Keywordschild protection,inclusive education,international
Course organiserMs Deborah Fry
Tel: (0131 6)51 4796
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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