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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP3220 Contemporary Children, Young People and Families

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Sharon Elley

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits at Level 1and 2 (40 in total) from a social science related discipline or the appropriate discovery theme.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module covers a range of topics related to the central themes of understanding and working formally and informally with children, young people and families. The module introduces students to theories relating to the nature of childhood, youth and family life, the contemporary issues children, young people and families face, and how these are understood and dealt with in policy making. The module builds on the convenors research interests in this area and intends to appeal to students wanting to work with children, young people and families. The module will entail a one-hour lecture on each issue followed by one tutorial per week to discuss the key issues covered in the lecture and readings.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

This module provides students with a pathway from level 2: ‘Debates in Childhood and Youth’ to level 3 study: ‘Contemporary Children, Young People and Families’; and links to FLaGs research activities. The module bridges research, policy and practice to enable students to analyse key contemporary debates across childhood, youth and families. Themes include formal and informal education as well as professional practice. Key concepts include disability, age, gender, sexuality, class and race. On completion of the module, student should be able to:
- Demonstrate their understanding of the main theoretical and policy perspectives relating to the issues covered
- Contribute to informed debate in relation to issues surrounding children, teens and families
- Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of professional practice and policy responses to these issues

Learning outcomes
In terms of intellectual, practical and transferable skills, students should be able to:
- Carry out independent study and evidence further reading in relation to children, young people and families
- Engage in critical reasoning and informed debate about contemporary theories of childhood, youth and family life
- Synthesise arguments drawn from a variety of sources (academic and otherwise) in the area
- Communicate this effectively in speech and writing to show a critical understanding of the key inequalities which affect children, young people and families.


Lecture Themes:

Pornification debates
Gendered inequalities in the family
Youth and migration
Transnational families
Family, childhood and educational inequalities
Parenting and cultural control
Youth and generations
Young people, higher education and employability

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning111.0011.00
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent reading and scholarship is essential to the successful completion of the module. For each week, students are expected to undertake 15 hours of private study and independent learning.
140 hours preparation for tutorials and online learning
28 hours preparation for final assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Initially, student progress will be monitored via their active participation in the tutorial sessions and by their reading and contribution to tutorial discussions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 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 16:20:23


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