PP0539 - Global Perspectives of Childhood and Youth

What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will have the opportunity to investigate childhood and youth within a global context. The module will adopt a thematic approach to the exploration of issues such as war, work, health, and poverty, offering a range of theoretical perspectives relevant to the global experiences of children and young people across countries and cultures. You will also explore different research approaches commonly used with children and young people and will therefore have opportunity to explore how knowledge is created, debated and analysed. Your knowledge will be enhanced through the exploration of ethnographic studies of children and young people’s experiences as well as analysing the impact of social, political and cultural difference on concepts of childhood and youth, whilst gaining a theoretical overview of key skills in data collection and analysis related to research with children and young people.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be taught using a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, directed tasks, and e-learning methods. Your self-directed reading and learning activities will form an important part of your learning, as will a structured programme of lectures and follow-up seminars. Your seminars will provide you with an opportunity to discuss and develop your thinking in a small group. A range of electronic and interactive resources will be available via the Electronic Learning Portal (eLP), including explanations and summaries which will complement lecture material as well as discussion boards.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutors will support your learning through a variety of ways on this module. They will provide a programme of lectures which relate to the learning outcomes for the module. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work in a smaller seminar group where you will have the opportunity to discuss lecture content and your insights gained from directed tasks. Contact details of module tutors will be available in module handbooks and on the elp, and where appropriate and with your agreement, answers to your queries that would be beneficial to the whole group will be posted on the eLP discussion board so all may benefit.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate your understanding of key debates and dilemmas associated with the concept of ‘global childhood’
2. Debate how diverse cultural, social and political circumstances shape concepts of childhood and youth
3. Compare and contrast the experiences of different groups of children and young people within and between geographic boundaries
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Identify the different methodologies and methods used in undertaking research with children and young people.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. An awareness and appraisal of the impact of gender; ethnicity; social class/caste; sexuality and dis/ability on the lived experiences of children and young people

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment for this module is a 3,000 word assignment. This assignment will be broken into smaller tasks, which will enable you to demonstrate the modile learning outcomes (MLO 1,2,3,4,5). The assignment is 100% of the total mark for the module.
You will receive feedback via:

Written comments on assessed work, which will highlight strengths and weaknesses and indicate pathways to the further development of knowledge and skills. Written feedback will provide positive advice on how to address issues.

Interactive activities within the lectures and seminars will provide a range of formative assessment opportunities, which will enable you to develop your understanding and analysis of key concepts and debates. Learning from these tasks will be transferable to the summative assignment.





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Course info

UCAS Code W3P9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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