Postgraduate Course: Child Development and Wellbeing in a Global Context (GLHE11049)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Children are our future and ensuring their physical, socio-emotional and language and cognitive development should be a priority for all countries.
World leaders are beginning to recognise this and some are pledging to make early childhood development central to sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda. Children should be allowed not only to survive their early years but thrive in them. Currently this is not the case worldwide and vast inequities exist between and within countries. A range of approaches and interventions across sectors have emerged to try to 'level the playing field'.
This ten credit module examines the determinants, potential solutions and local, national and international responses to this important issue of child development and wellbeing in the global context.
Topic 1: Determinants and consequences of Early Child Development. Understanding the spheres of influence on the health and development of a child (0-8 years)
Topic 2: Inequalities in child health & development on the global agenda: Ethical, legal and policy perspectives and responses at a local, national and international level
Topic 3: Early childhood interventions I. Approaches to EC interventions. Exploring the range of physical, educational, social and environmental interventions to optimise child development at an early stage and improve the life course
Topic 4: Early childhood interventions II. Case studies policy interventions: child support grants; social interventions: parenting programmes; physical interventions: Vitamin A supplementation.
Topic 5: Monitoring improvement in child health, wellbeing and rights. Exploring the range of measures and approaches available to assess change and monitor improvement.
This is a five week distance learning course worth 10 credits. Students are expected to spend 20 hours per week on this course. Students will be provided with a brief overview of the course. They will then be set assigned readings and specific tasks and online discussion exercises relating to each week's topic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- show a critical understanding of the main determinants of healthy child development and wellbeing
- show a critical understanding of key evidence-based interventions to optimise child health and development
- apply frameworks and approaches in planning interventions in this regard
- show awareness of inequalities in child health and development and the countries and groups of people within countries that are most severely affected
- show familiarity with the global health agenda for child health and development, including local, national and international goals, policies and strategies
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Delivered via online distance learning only
|Keywords||Child development,early childhood interventions,global health,equity
|Course organiser||Ms Magda Mekky
|Course secretary||Dr Varia Christie
Tel: (0131 6)51 4152