PP0541 - Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Childhood

What will I learn on this module?

What will I learn on this module?

Building on your knowledge of child and adolescent development from Year 1, this module will help you understand and analyse psychological, psychodynamic and sociological aspects of wellbeing in childhood. You will explore contrasting ideologies, approaches and theoretical perspectives in relation to the topic. There will be a particular focus on children's social and emotional wellbeing and on how authentic relationships can support and empower all round growth, learning and development in childhood.
Being interdisciplinary, the module offers you the opportunity to reflect on how professional and personal beliefs, values and attitudes influence how practitioners from different disciplines and different cultures assess wellbeing in childhood, and how this may influence the nature of their working relationships with children and their families.

How will I learn on this module?

There will be a programme of structured lectures and follow up seminars on this module that will accommodate a wide range of learning styles. Self-directed reading and learning activities will form an important aspect of study on the module. A range of electronic and interactive resources will be available on the Electronic Learning Portal (eLP). Reflecting on your own beliefs, attitudes and values and discussing your insights with peers and tutors will be a central feature of this module, especially as the module examines contrasting ideologies, approaches and theoretical perspectives relating to the subject.

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 that relate to the learning outcomes for the module; these lectures will make connections between theory and practice, as you will be expected to do. Additionally, you will have opportunities to work in small groups where you will discuss and reflect on lecture content and any insights gained. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the eLP.

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?

1. You will be able to demonstrate your understanding of a range of contrasting perspectives on wellbeing in childhood.

2. You will be able to demonstrate your understanding of children's social and emotional wellbeing in relation to psychological, psychodynamic and sociological aspects of child and adolosecent development.

3. You will be able to analyse contrasting ideologies, approaches and theoretical perspectives and recognise their implications for wellbeing in childhood.

4. You will be able to recognise the contrasting beliefs, attitudes and values that underpin how health and social and emotional wellbeing in childhood is understood by different professions different cultures and reflect on your own beliefs, attitudes and values in relation to this.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment.

You will select a social and emotional wellbeing policy or guideline(s)/ or intervention that has interested you whilst studying this module. Some examples of these will be provided during the module, with tutorials and seminars to help support your choices. You will identify and critically examine the influencing factors, which are linked to the support of well-being in children. This will be through a 3,000-word essay.
Using this practical and theoretical material covered in the module you will have developed knowledge and insight to specifically identify: -
(a) The underpinning ideologies, approaches, theoretical, philosophical perspectives and values of the intervention or policy

(b) You will reflect on how this links with ideas of human flourishing and issues related to autonomy, relatedness and competence in child and adolescent well-being
(MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4)

You will receive electronic feedback on the summative assessment via Turnitin in the form of written comments on assessed work, highlighting strengths and weaknesses and indicating pathways to the further development of knowledge and skills. Areas of concern will be linked to positive advice on how to address issues.





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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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