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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC3958 Contemporary Issues and Debates in Child and Family Studies

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Samantha Shaw

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores contemporary issues in relation to child and family studies. The module will be relevant to all those thinking of careers working with children - including teaching, social work and the therapeutic professions. It will examine critically the theory, practice and policy of a range of issues such as young people and adolescence, young people and crime, looked after children, education, family support and the role of the voluntary sector. The module is taught using lectures, videos and problem-solving exercises and is assessed through a 5,000 word essay.


This module requires students to research into a chosen contemporary aspect of modern life that impacts on the welfare of children and or families. Where possible students should analyse how government policy has sought to address inequalities in welfare regarding their choice of subject matter.

Learning outcomes
1. Choose a contemporary issue that impacts upon child and family welfare.
2. Situate that issue in a broader historical and/or global context.
3. Critically evaluate the how governments have sought to address inequalities regarding the chosen
4. Critically evaluate interventions that have proven effective, or might prove effective at addressing
the chosen issue.


This module will examine child welfare policy and practice in relation to children, young people and families. Policy and practice in relation to early intervention and prevention will be critically explored. The care system for children separated from their parents will be outlined and analysed. The system established for the registration and inspection of children and young people's services will be analysed.

-Opportunity to draw on ongoing work experience and to apply and test learning in the work setting.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours83.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through contributions in class

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 5,000 word essay100.00
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: 09/05/2022 16:33:44


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