Children and young people have the right to participate. On this module students learn what participation could mean in practice by studying a variety of local and globally contexts. Students explore the role of culture in framing children and young people’s lives and their participation. Students develop their awareness of the barriers to and facilitators of effective participation.
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
Short Course / CPD
Within 3 months, comprising weekly teaching plus self-directed study time.
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
January and bespoke options available
This module is aimed at people with experience as participants in or facilitators of children and young people’s participation; staff for whom individual or group participation in decision making is an element of their job role; and, graduates with a clear interest in children and young people’s participation.
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.
Highlights of the module:
- This module is taught by staff at UCLan’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation – a knowledge hub with a global reputation.
- It focuses on participation by marginalised children and young people.
- The module is associated with the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights.
- This module enables you some flexibility in choosing choose the focus of your own learning and building a personalised study programme designed to meet your unique interests, eg in social work, health, education, early years, community work or specific geographical locations.
This module aims to develop in students a critical appreciative awareness of children and young people’s lives and their participation. It engages students in exploring the role of international and national policies, agencies and practices in shaping childhood and child participation . By comparing and contrasting the experiences of children internationally it question the extent to which understandings of child participation are universal and it provides the opportunity to learn from international examples of excellence. The module encourages students to consider the implications of global perspectives on children’s participation for developing their own practice.
Topics covered include:
- Globalisation and children’s lives
- Core concepts, theory and key considerations
- International and national models of policy and practice
- Children and the family in a changing world
- Children’s rights and participation
- Problematizing participation
- Voice, audience, space and influence
- Strategies for promoting participation
20 Credit Module at Level 7
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Short presentation and written assignment.
Learning outcome & aims
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the extent to which children’s lives and understandings of participation are shaped by processes of globalisation
- Critically compare understandings of child participation across Majority and Minority worlds
- Explore the diverse influences of history, culture, economics and politics in shaping the spaces in which child exercise influence within and outside of services
- Critically assess the degree to which policy and practice relating to children and young people’s participation is shared or colonised
Industry links & professional accreditation
The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
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.
UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.
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 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
Fees 2018/19: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
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. Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408
This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
To apply to undertake the MA Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People, please follow the instructions on the course webpage.