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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC1209 Introduction to Childhood Studies

5 creditsClass Size: 65

Module manager: Dr Mary Chambers
Email: m.e.chambers@education.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This series of seminars has been developed to help you address the issues related to the interdisciplinary nature of Childhood Studies; it can be particularly complex to understand what is seen as competing advice between the different disciplines involved in studying Childhood Studies. This module will help you to present the important debates within disciplines and between disciplines. The seminars have also been developed to improve your performance on modules. In addition, they aim to develop your engagement with, confidence in and ownership of your degree programme.

Objectives

Module objectives are:
- To understand the origins of the discipline and how the main strands contribute and connect in the Leeds context
- To understand that there are different approaches, philosophies and paradigms and how they impact on the different expectations in different modules
- To develop an awareness of the strengths of an interdisciplinary approach and to be able to communicate this effectively
- To build on the existing University Study Skills support, contextualising it for Childhood Studies students.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have
- increased knowledge and understanding of the origins of the discipline and how the different strands contribute and connect in the Leeds context
- increased knowledge and understanding of the different approaches, philosophies and paradigms and how they impact on the different expectations in different modules increased understanding of the complexity of language classrooms
- increased awareness of the strengths of an interdisciplinary approach and to be able to communicate this effectively
- enhanced reflective awareness of their own learning processes and development

Skills outcomes
- Thinking flexibly and critically across disciplines
- Finding information and critically evaluating it according to different disciplines across the programme


Syllabus

Sessions will consist of the following topics:
1. Introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of Childhood Studies
Introducing the different disciplines and strands (education, psychology, sociology and child welfare) that run through the programme and some of the key areas that will be considered during the course.

2. Interpreting the task given and working with assessment criteria
Using examples from education, psychology, sociology and child welfare to develop skills to fully understand what needs to be done in order to address all parts of the question. Which parts are more important than others? Looking at the Assessment Criteria.

3. Finding and evaluating sources
Finding appropriate and relevant information to strengthen the quality of your work; for example, Web of Science, ERIC, Psycnet, Sociological Abstracts, BISS. Evaluating sources to find what is relevant and appropriate for purpose

4. Reading and note taking
How do we access the right kind of reading material for purpose? Which is better to use Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology or Psychology Today? Or The British Journal of Sociology or Sociology Today? Or the British Educational Research Journal or the Times Educational Supplement? What about information from the BBC website or the Guardian newspaper? Developing skills to confidently take notes; different styles of note taking.

5. Writing and Referencing
Organising and structuring work. Different disciplines may give preference to different styles of presenting information; for example, a psychology based assessment might take the form of a report or a sociology based assessment might take the form of a poster. Advice on how to acknowledge your sources of information

6. Issues Arising from previous weeks
Using examples from each of the strands, information on how to discuss and summarise data, how to start writing, finding relevant reading material and online submission of assignments.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar61.006.00
Independent online learning hours12.00
Private study hours32.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)50.00

Private study

Independent online learning

BA Childhood Studies students will be expected to utilise the Skills@Library suite of resources prior to the seminars which will build on these in a programme specific way.

Private Study time is required for students to prepare for the Reflective Log that is to be written on their learning through the seminars.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored in several ways:
- Monitoring participation in tasks set at each seminar
- Monitoring participation in Skills@Library tasks
- Monitoring research skill development through in-class workshops and group work
- Assessment of Reflective Log

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective log1000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/07/2017

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