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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC3987 Contemporary Issues and Debates

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Samantha Shaw

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LLLC 3958

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Module Summary:A brief summary of the purpose and aims of the module (in no more than 75 words) describing the purpose of the learning and what the module is trying to achieve. This module explores contemporary issues in relation children and their families. 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 education, care, poverty, crime, social media, diversity, identity, and conflict. 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 lives/education of children, young people and/or families. Where possible students should analyse how government policy has sought to address inequalities in welfare children’s lives/education regarding their choice of subject matter.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module you will develop knowledge and an understanding of how to:
1.Choose a contemporary issue that impacts upon children, young people and families.
2.Situate the issue in a broader historical and/or global context.
3.Critically evaluate the how policies have sought to address inequalities regarding the chosen issue.
4.Critically evaluate interventions that have proven effective, or might prove effective at addressing the chosen issue.

Skills outcomes
a) Sustained in-depth research.
b) Confidence in self-directed study on a topic of choice.
c) Planning, organising and executing a 5000 word structured assignment.


Outline syllabus:
This field summarises the indicative content and areas which will be taught during the module. This module will examine contemporary issues that impact upon the lived experience of children and their families. Although the key focus is on contemporary, novel, emerging and developing issues, it is expected that these issues will be situated in a broader chronological, geographic and global context.
This contextual analysis will include an exploration of the policy and practice developments of meeting the differing needs of children and families in various circumstances. Issues and subjects are likely to change year on year; however, an indicative syllabus might include:
- Families experiencing poverty;
- The differing educational needs of children;
- Child and parental mental health;
- Asylum and immigration;
- Young people involved in crime;
- The impact of media technologies;
- Early years education and development;
- Community-based family support;
- Family violence and abuse.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours85.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This will be a ‘flipped’ class in line with the Child and Family Studies Programme suite of modules. Students are expected to learn from interactive online materials prior to attending each weekly seminar wherein this prior learning will be applied and formatively assessed. Alongside maintaining expected progress and learning within the structured online interactive resources, it is expected that students deepen, extend and enhance their learning by consulting with recommended and self-sourced academic texts on the subject. Student progress and engagement is assessed weekly in class. There are individual and small-group tutorial opportunities. There are opportunities for students to submit plans and draft work for formative feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay5,000 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: 29/04/2024 16:16:10


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