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Theorising Childhood and Adolescence (SW4085) Short Course

Theorising Childhood and Adolescence (SW4085) Short Course
This module aims to encourage those working with children to develop critical perspectives on childhood. The module will consider dominant theoretical positions about childhood and critically explore how such perspectives impact on the way children are treated in our society.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:

CPD

Level:

Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

One semester, comprising a two hour seminar once a week, plus self-directed study time required to complete assessment.

School:

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

September

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at anyone interested in improving the knowledge and understanding of working with children and young people in complex professional environments – in social work, health, education, early years, youth work and beyond.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Enhance critical skills. Update your knowledge. Specialise in your chosen area of study. Gain insights in how to improve practice. Discuss live issues with fellow practitioners. Improve your understanding of children’s rights. Links with Children’s Rights Masters students across Europe http://www.enmcr.net/

This module aims to encourage those working with children to develop critical perspectives on childhood. The module will consider dominant theoretical positions about childhood and critically explore how such perspectives impact on the way children are treated in our society.

The module will begin by an analysis of the constitution of modern childhood drawing on literature from both sociological and psychological disciplines. Students will be encouraged to critique the universality of children’s experiences by examining a range of variables including class, gender, disability, and ethnicity. Underlying assumptions and perceptions about children, children’s rights and optimal childhoods will be critically explored and applied to children’s services.

The aim is for students to consider and develop more empowering practice in their interventions with children.

Students will engage in debates around several key issues including: 

  • Historical/social construction of childhood. 
  • Shared experiences and culturally diverse childhoods.
  • Critical analysis of child development.
  • Critical analysis of educational provision.
  • Exploration of the class, social and medical models of disability, race and ethnicity and the gendered nature of childhood. 
  • Critical exploration of children’s rights, participation and citizenship.
  • Critical examination of prevailing understandings of adolescence compared with lived realities of the lives of young people.

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

A short presentation and a written assignment.

Academic Expertise

Zoe O’Riordan, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically analyse dominant theories of children and childhood demonstrating how different conceptions of childhood are expressed in policy and/or practice.
  • Critically evaluate conceptions of children’s rights and children/young people’s participation in policy and/or practice designed for them.
  • Critically analyse a policy, practice or service for children/young people in terms of its capacity to address commonality and difference between groups of children and young people.
  • Show advanced academic skills in locating and critiquing relevant resources.

Industry links & professional accreditation

Opportunities to make links with European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights students in other European Countries http://www.enmcr.net/

Work experience and international opportunities

Opportunities to make links with European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights students in other European Countries http://www.enmcr.net/

 

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

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Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Child Care Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Development and Practice


For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

This module is also a core module (mandatory module) on the MA Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People. For full details including fees for this course route please visit the course webpage.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

TBC

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

To apply to undertake this module under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD offering, please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support. Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408
Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

To apply to undertake the MA Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People, please follow the instructions on the course webpage.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk