Researching Childhood and Youth (585X8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Social research with children and young people raises a range of unique challenges and opportunities with ethical, practical and methodological dimensions. This module provides an overview of this specialist area of research methods, giving participants the opportunity to explore how traditional research methods can be adapted in order to work with younger participants as well as understanding how new methodological approaches have grown from the specificity of working with children and young people. Methods covered will include interviews and focus groups, participant observation, draw techniques, photo-voice and participatory video. The module will also outline the ethical dimensions of research governance and practice for research with children and young people, including a critical exploration of power relations within the research process and the potential for research to contribute to personal and social change.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 15 hours of contact time and about 135 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: