Contexts of Childhood 2: Institutions, Communities, and Societies

Module code: X3238
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

The module aims to build and extend knowledge of children and young people's lives in the context of the institutions with which they come into contact, in their communities and in society at large.

The module will first examine the significance of ethos of modernity as a way of thinking that has been central in the development of our societies, communities and institutions, and the different ways this unfolded in the Global North and Global South. It will explore the role of institutions such as schooling, religion, medicine, the media and systems of government in shaping children’s and young people’s lives and experiences.

In addition to critically examining how we understand the concepts of communities, institutions and societies, the module will address related concepts such as rights, responsibilities, citizenship and participation, different forms of capital, social inequalities and stratification, risk and resilience.

Locating childhood and youth in a broader societal and cultural context, the module will address topics such as formal and informal learning, inclusion/exclusion from education and other social arenas, children and youth’s participation in decision-making, children and youth and the media, children and youth and the roles of professionals in the lives of children and youth.

Throughout the module we will draw on in-depth research within particular social contexts in the Global North and Global South.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the development of children and young people became central in modern/late modern societies, through categories such as cognitive, social and emotional development.
  • Apply detailed theoretical knowledge and a critical understanding of childhood and youth from different disciplinary perspectives, such as educational, health, psychological, sociological, cultural, and policy perspectives.
  • Reflect on and show understanding of how issues relating to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion affect work with children and young people in different contexts in the Global North and South.
  • 4. Critically reflect on particular professional or inter-professional interventions on children/youth’s lives and identify specific challenges for those working with children, young people and/or families in a specific context.
  • Evaluate and communicate ideas and research findings clearly and fluently, making effective use of ICT.