PP0566 - Promoting Children and Young People's Health

What will I learn on this module?

This module will encourage you to explore debates about children and young people’s health. You will make use of a range of reading to develop knowledge and understanding of key theories, policies and areas of practice in relation to the promotion of children and young people’ s health. You will learn about a range of topics relating to different aspects of children and young people’s health and examine the complexity of health promotion strategies and activities in relation to issues of social inequality. You will consider the underlying principles and values within, and the historical development of, a range of health promotion strategies, and discuss the inherent tensions in promoting children and young people’s health. In particular, the module will encourage you to think about how health promotion practices might affect, change and even reimagine the relationships between children, families, practitioners and institutions.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning on this module will be developed around a set of case studies of particular health promotion practices, activities or programmes (for example in relation to: infant feeding; early intervention strategies; young people’s sexual health; and healthy diets, exercise and fitness). These case studies will encourage you to make informed links between research and practice by bringing together materials from lectures, seminars, directed activities, reading and planning. This will allow you to develop key knowledge and skills that will build upon as you develop your own case study in supervised workshop sessions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through directed learning workbooks, electronic and interactive content via the Electronic learning Portal (eLP), lectures, an electronic interactive reading list and support from the module tutors. You will be supported to be proactive in identifying and raising issues for discussion with module leaders. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of the University Library’s Skills Plus programme as you develop skills in evaluating health promotion practices and programmes.

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 knowledge of the complexity of children and young people’s health, particularly in relation to the social determinants of and inequalities in health.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will be able to utilise a range of literature, research and evidence to analyse health promotion policy and practice.
3. You will be able to explain the principles and values of health promotion strategies and the inherent tensions in promoting children and young people’s health.
4. You will be able to evaluate key models and theories of children’s health and health promotion practice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will be able to analyse the relationships between children, parents and other family members, practitioners and institutions within health promotion activities, explain how changing practices affect these relationships, and appreciate the broader significance of this in relation to issues of social justice.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by the production of a 3000 word evaluation of a health promotion strategy or activity of your choice. This will constitute 100% of your total mark for the module.

In your evaluation you should draw upon a range of relevant literatures in order to consider:
• How the strategy or activity seeks to promote children and young people’s health, its effectiveness in doing do, and its relationship to models or theories of children and young people’s health;
• The broader context of the strategy or activity, its underlying principles and values, and its historical development;
• How the strategy or activity affects children and families, and the relationships between children, families, practitioners and institutions;
• The implications of the strategy or activity in terms of social inequalities and processes of social exclusion.

You will receive feedback on summative assessments via:

• 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.
• Additionally, you will receive informal feedback from module tutors and from your project supervisor as appropriate throughout the module.





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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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