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Postgraduate Course: Child Development and Wellbeing in a Global Context (GLHE11049)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryChildren 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 07/08/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. show a critical understanding of the main determinants of healthy child development and wellbeing
  2. show a critical understanding of key evidence-based interventions to optimise child health and development
  3. apply frameworks and approaches in planning interventions in this regard
  4. show awareness of inequalities in child health and development and the countries and groups of people within countries that are most severely affected
  5. show familiarity with the global health agenda for child health and development, including local, national and international goals, policies and strategies
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Study Abroad Delivered via online distance learning only
KeywordsChild development,early childhood interventions,global health,equity
Course organiserMs Magda Mekky
Course secretaryDr Varia Christie
Tel: (0131 6)51 4152
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