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Postgraduate Course: Working with Children and Young People for Social Justice (EDUA11438)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will enable students to critically identify and analyse the core challenges of working for and achieving social justice with children and young people in majority and minority world contexts. To begin to address these challenges, this course introduces students to several social justice approaches to working with children and young people that are practised in both majority and minority world countries. In evaluating these approaches, the students will adopt a critical lens to provide an informed critique of how practitioners, researchers and policymakers can decolonise these approaches in practice. This will allow students to decolonise their own praxis and propose more contextualised social justice approaches for working with children and young people in different settings across the globe.
Course description This course enables students to critically identify and analyse the core challenges of working for and achieving social justice with children and young people in majority and minority world contexts. To begin to address these challenges, this course introduces students to several social justice approaches to working with children and young people that are practised in both majority and minority world countries. Such approaches include: rights-based, participatory, person-centred, psycho-social and capabilities approaches which this course engages with in detail. To evaluate these approaches, the students will adopt a critical lens to inform how Eurocentric assumptions and practices can underpin these approaches. It does so by exploring how citizenship, democracy, rights, agency, voice and activism are understood and practised differently in majority and minority world contexts. In doing so, the students will be able to provide an informed critique of how practitioners, researchers and policymakers can decolonise these approaches in practice. This will allow students to decolonise their own praxis and propose more contextualised social justice approaches for working with children and young people in different settings across the globe.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment: Students will respond to tasks set by course tutors each week (in the asynchronous lectures) on the discussion boards. They will receive feedback from their tutors and their peers that will feedforward into their summative assignment preparation (essay and presentation).


Summative Assessment:

Task 1 (30%): Presentation on a social justice approach to working with children and young people and how it has been applied by practitioners, policymakers and/or researchers.

Task 2 (70%): Essay on analysing a programme or policy that involves children or young people and evaluating it using a social justice approach.
Feedback For the formative assessment students will respond to tasks set by course tutors each week (in the asynchronous lectures) on the discussion boards. They will receive feedback from their tutors and their peers that will feedforward into their summative assignment preparation (essay and presentation).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and analyse the core challenges of working for and achieving social justice with children and young people in majority and minority world contexts
  2. Critically evaluate and articulate social justice approaches to working with children and young people by examining how citizenship, democracy, rights, agency, voice and activism are understood and practised in majority and minority world contexts
  3. Provide an informed critique of how practitioners, researchers and/or policymakers can decolonise social justice work with children and young people
  4. Propose more contextualised social justice approaches for practitioners, researchers and/or policymakers working with children and young people
Reading List
Clauss-Ehlers, C. S., Sood, A. B. & Weist, M. D. (eds) (2020) Social Justice for Children & Young People: International Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Groundwater-Smith, S., Dockett, S. & Bottrell, D. (2014) Participatory Research with Children and Young People. London: SAGE.

Liebel, M. (2020) Decolonizing Childhoods: From Exclusion to Dignity. Bristol: Policy Press.

Robeyns, I. (2017) Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined. UK: Open Book Publishers.

Taft, J. K. (2019) The Kids are in Charge: Activism and Power in Peru¿s Movement of Working Children. New York: New York University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course is designed to enhance the student's critical thinking skills and improve their professional practice. It challenges students' ways of thinking about the status of children and young people in different contexts across the globe by giving them the tools to critically evaluate a range of social justice approaches that practitioners, researchers and policymakers use to work with children and young people. It also gives them the skills to decolonise their own social justice work with children and young people. To achieve this, students actively reflect on their existing or previous social justice work with children and, based on the learning in this course, explore how they could now make more effective and influential contributions to research, policy and professional practice with children and young people.
Keywordssocial justice,children,young people,agency,voice,activism,professional practice,policy,rights
Contacts
Course organiserDr Andie Reynolds
Tel:
Email: andie.reynolds@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Gilmour
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
Email: agilmou2@ed.ac.uk
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