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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC2100 Health, Well-being, Childhood and Youth

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Anne Luke

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module draws on ideas of childhood and child development to explore how children and young people's health and well-being are conceptualised in UK and international policy and practice. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the different models of health and the range of physical, psychological, sociological and cultural factors that influence children and young people's health and well-being. This module adopts a critical approach to exploring these factors enabling you to engage with theoretical debates related to health and well-being. This includes how health is 'produced' and how contested notions of children and young people's health and well-being emerge in policy and practice in a range of health and education settings. You will develop critical awareness of both health behaviour change interventions and empowerment approaches.Throughout this module a range of teaching approaches are used including both formal lectures and practical seminars. The themes that are explored through this module are fundamental to you developing an understanding of children and young people's health and wellbeing.


This module provides an introduction to children and young people's health and wellbeing. Specifically it aims to
- Explore how children and young people's health and wellbeing are conceptualised in UK and international policy and practice, using the World Health Organisation's holistic and positive conception of health.
- Investigate key theoretical tensions including individual and state responsibility for health; social, biomedical and interactionist models of health; lifestylism and the modification of individual health behaviours, and the structural determinants of health.
- Encourage students to consider the range of factors that impact upon children and young people's health and wellbeing,
- Critically evaluate the disciplinary perspectives and philosophical assumptions underpinning approaches to intervention
- Critically reflect on current policy, practice and service provision.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have
- A deeper understanding of the basic concepts, paradigms, practices related to children and young people's health and wellbeing
- An increasingly in depth and reflective ability to interpret and critically evaluate different theoretical approaches to improving children and youn people's health and wellbeing
- An ability to critically evaluate professional and disciplinary approaches in providing health services for children, young people and families
- An ability to effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms


Week 1 What is health?
Week 2 – Health services
Week 3 Health Promotion
Week 4 Health Inequalities
Week 5 Global health challenges
Week 6 Theorizing the body
Week 7 Social and emotional health and wellbeing
Week 8 Sexual health services, sex and relationships education
Week 9 Children and disability
Week 10 Review of module themes
Week 11 Assignment support

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning51.005.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

This module will require students to undertake independent reading and study in preparation for each week's lecture and seminar. This will include on online reading task ahead of the lecture each week. Students will be expected to undertake independent small group work outside of the lectures in preparation for the formative poster assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive formative feedback on a 1 page draft plan. The formative component of a group poster conference will be in the second half of the semester, where students will receive peer feedback, that will provide further support with their preparation for the final module assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report3000 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: 13/09/2021


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