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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC1205 What is a Child: Social Construction of Childhood

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Nasir Mahmood

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides you with an introduction to sociological and anthropological theories of childhood, including historical dimensions and cross cultural perspectives. Key theories which have been influential will be described and evaluated. The teaching will involve lectures and seminars.


The module aims to:

- Introduce the concept of 'what is a child', drawing upon sociological and anthropological perspectives

- Examine the emergence of the 'Sociology of Childhood' as a theoretical discipline

- Examine the concept of childhood as a social construction

- Introduce historical and cross cultural perspectives of childhood and youth and recent academic enquiry related to generational relations and life course

- Introduce methodological developments in research with children and young people

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Critically reflect on basic concepts, paradigms, and practices related to constructions of childhood and youth from multi-disciplinary perspectives

2. Evaluate the basic concepts, principles and values which are characteristic of the study of childhood and youth

3. Devise a structured and coherent argument related to the social construction of childhood and youth.

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

SO1 Academic Skills: The ability to successfully work at the university level. This includes the ability to reflect on your learning, to deliver effective presentations, to search for and use relevant information, to use oral and written language appropriately, to reference sources correctly and follow the ethical and academic integrity guidelines.

SO2 Critical thinking: The ability to evaluate, analyse and synthesise information and use evidence and theories to help you form your own arguments and ideas.

SO3 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

Formative assessment is conducted via practical tasks set in the weekly sessions. Discussion activities will take place each week to enable students to ask questions, clarify issues, and to enable the tutor to monitor student progress. Designated assignment support will be provided using lectures and workshops.

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: 21/06/2024


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