Sociology of Childhood (Aut) (L4082A)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

The sociology of childhood challenges traditional conceptualisations of children and childhood. Rather than a focus on children as `adults in the making', which tends to prioritise developmental and socialisation approaches, this module looks at children as social actors in their own right.

Drawing on theoretical and empirical work the nature and structure of children's everyday lives will be examined and analysed, taking account of the ideology and conceptualisation of childhood, the structural and institutional contexts of children's lives, and children's own experiences of the social world. The historical dimensions of contemporary childhood will also be explored as contextualisations of the shape of contemporary childhoods.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 20 hours of contact time and 130 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.