PP0626 - Changing Childhoods

What will I learn on this module?

You will engage in a critical analysis of the changing nature of 'childhood and youth'. You will explore contemporary 'childhood and youth' in the context of technological, societal and global change, and will be supported to engage in critical reflection upon the future ‘childhood’, through analysis of emergent themes and issues based upon contemporary research.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching and learning strategies for this module will include lectures to outline the main concepts, trends and theories. Facilitated group discussions will be integral to the module where you will explore key concepts in depth and draw out individual and collective analysis. You will be expected to engage with directed independent study tasks, as well as working in informal groups to present your ideas. Online forums and discussion groups will also be introduced to enhance your learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lecturers will facilitate seminar groups to support academic development. You will have access to lecturers at specifically designated times via online forums; email; group tutorials and one to one meetings. Formative and summative assessment tasks include ‘feedforward’ in preparation for assignments, and ‘feedback’ to identify aspects of students’ strengths and also aspects which require development. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the Electronic Learning Portal (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?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will identify relevant emerging issues and themes which impact upon ‘childhood’
2. You will critically analyse the potential impact of emergent themes upon children’s and young people’s experiences of childhood

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will conduct a systematic review of divergent sources related to specific themes
4. You will engage in a critical reflection of how new knowledge challenges/concurs with existing theories regarding ‘childhood’

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will develop enhanced awareness of the impact of gender; ethnicity, and social location upon the lived experiences of children and young people

How will I be assessed?

Part A
You will submit an annotated bibliography on a issue of your choice related to the changing nature of ‘childhood/youth’.
1,500 words

Part B
You will submit a systematic review of an emerging trend or issue relating to the study of ‘childhood/youth’. 2,500 words

TOTAL 4,000 words

Formative 1
You will work in study groups to identify and discuss emerging issues. Groups will highlight key issues online via discussion groups/forums.

Formative 2
You will produce individual PPT presentations with accompanying recorded narrative. These will be placed online for comment by peers and lecturers.





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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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