Contexts of Childhood 1: Parents and Families

Module code: X3237
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Project

This module will be taught in Year 3 Block 1.

The module aims to build and extend knowledge of children and young people's lives in the context of their families, and draws together a number of themes from modules in previous years.

The module continues with an holistic and ecological view of children and young people and explores the micro-and meso-systems of children and young people's development and experiences. A key focus on the module will be the interactions and relationships between children and young people and their immediate familial and care environments. The module will focus on the risks and resilience of these contexts and the role that families and other carers can play in promoting resilience and well-being. Concepts of family and family practices, parenting, care, social and cultural capital will be explored.

Locating childhood and youth in a family and care context, the module will cover a range of topics including the concept of 'family' and family diversity; siblings; parenting; extended families; non-parental child-care; play, leisure and family life; social inequalities; diversity; disadvantaged families. Examples will be given from cross-cultural research and links will be made to current developments in policy and practice for/with children and young people and their families.

The summative assessment will be an individual poster presentation.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify the role played by kinship relationships and care environments in children's and young people's development and lived experiences.
  • Critically evaluate the impact of policy and practice that focuses on parents and families on children and young people's development and lived experiences.
  • Critically reflect on the importance of interprofessional working and identify specific challenges for those working with children, young people and families in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate and communicate ideas and research findings effectively, clearly and fluently by written, oral or visual means, making effective use of ICT.