Postgraduate Course: Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CLPS11046)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is delivered entirely online. It will examine research on the impact of social inequality on children and young people and the recent policy direction aimed at tackling the problem.
This course is delivered entirely online as part of the MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (OL) programme; it can also be taken as a CPD option.
The impact of social inequality on children has been well documented with research consistently highlighting negative outcomes in a range of areas. Research also highlights that with each step up the socio-economic ladder, the prospects for child well-being improves and that these improvements result in significant economic returns to society that far outweigh the original investment. Tackling social inequality, therefore, 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 196,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Online group assignment: 40%
Individual assignment: 60%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of research surrounding the impact of social inequality on child well-being and the current policy direction surrounding social inequality.
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the connections and interactions between various inequalities and the influences these can have on the lives of children, young people, and families.
- Demonstrate a deailed understanding of the ecology of child development and familiarity with the emerging concept of ecological practice.
- Demonstrate a detailed undersanding of the links between different parts of the ecology of children and young people and how to work creatively with these connections.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||* Knowledge and understanding of the
developmental and well-being literature
* Research and enquiry skills
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills
* Technical and practical skills
* Communication skills
|Course organiser||Dr Charles Marley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
|Course secretary||Mrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970