European Perspectives: Social Pedagogy and Work with Children and Young People

Module code: X3230
Level 4
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Gian an introduction to social pedagogy: a core theoretical and professional discipline for work with children and young people in many European countries. Social pedagogy can be understood as the theoretical discipline concerned with upbringing, or with education in the broadest sense of that word.

You learn about:

  • social pedagogy, addressing current theoretical understandings and debates
  • the application of social pedagogic theory and principles to policy and work with children, young people and families across the sector of children's services
  • the relevance of social pedagogy to practice in settings including schools, youth services, early years and out of school provision.

Readings include writings on social pedagogic theory and UK-focused material to encourage you to identify links between social pedagogy and other complementary approaches to work with children.

Module content will include:

  • key concepts and principles, and their application to work with children and young people
  • the diversity of social pedagogy – cross-national variations in theory and approaches
  • social pedagogy in the UK: commonalities and differences with English language approaches to work with children
  • the professional role of the pedagogue within children's services
  • social pedagogy in practice: supporting children's learning and their education (in the broadest sense of the word)
  • social pedagogy in policy for children and families
  • current debates and future directions.

Module learning outcomes

  • Show awareness of the relevance of social pedagogic concepts to work with children and young people.
  • Show a developing confidence and sensitivity in working collaboratively with others (children and adults), including the ability to listen and reflect on other perspectives.
  • Reflect on links between experience in an observational placement and the theoretical content of the course, as a foundation for the development of a personal position on policy, practice and values affecting work with children, young people and families in a variety of contexts.
  • Reflect on commonalities and differences between UK and continental European approaches to work with children, young people, and families.
  • Evaluate and communicate ideas and research findings by written, oral or visual means, making appropriate use of ICT.