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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC1203 Children, Young People, Families and the State

20 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Anne Luke

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module adopts a sociological and social policy perspective to understanding childhood. It provides you with a theoretical grounding for the exploration of key issues relating to childhood studies. You will explore the emergence of contemporary understandings of childhood and family, and the role of the state in supporting children, young people and their families. Both UK and international perspectives are reflected through an examination of the different welfare systems, the organisation of children and young people's services and the different approaches to working with such groups.


This module provides an introduction to sociology and social policy in relation to childhood, family and the state. It aims to:

- Explore the notion of child-family and State relationships including demonstrating, with examples, how the State can be seen to intervene (or not) in the private sphere

- Explore key debates, including: the delineation of boundaries between public and private spheres; the authority of the state and the family in relation to children; different models of welfare provision and child and family support services; perspectives on safeguarding

- Explore the ways in which children and young people's services are configured in the UK, covering aspects of key legislation and policy

- Examine international perspectives of children and young people's services, including different models of welfare

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Critically reflect on a range of theoretical perspectives and empirical studies from within the fields of sociology, education, health and social policy in relation to childhood and youth, families and the state.

2. Describe basic concepts, paradigms, practices related to childhood and youth, families and the state

3. Compare the organisation of welfare and children's services in contemporary societies across the globe

4. Critically consider professional and disciplinary approaches in providing services for children, youth and families

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

SO1 Analysing complex systems: The ability to understand the interrelationships between political, economic, cultural and ideological contexts, locally, nationally and globally, in the lives of children and their families and communities. This also includes the ability to reflect upon multidisciplinary perspectives, including psychological, sociological, philosophical and educational perspectives and consider how these underpin different understandings and approaches to childhood.

SO 2 Valuing children’s voices: The ability to recognise children’s agency, seek out children and young people’s perspectives, and act as an advocate for them. This also includes recognising and reflecting upon the ethics of studying the lives of children and young people, and challenging inequalities in society.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours175.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The module is structured to enable maximum opportunities for formative assessment. As a discussion based approach will be employed, students will have the opportunity to contribute their responses and ideas related to specific topics. This will provide an opportunity for tutor feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 29/04/2024 16:13:19


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