Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth (894L5)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to ways of interrogating and contrasting practice and policy assumptions about what constitutes a ‘good childhood’, and how best public policy and professional practice might secure and promote children’s rights and wellbeing. The module will introduce you to a range of contemporary issues within and youth policy and practice, with individual sessions taught by researchers and practitioners working in relevant fields.

Over the course of the module you will learn to critically examine how policy and practice frame children’s vulnerabilities and responsibility for their care and protection. The module is built around five core concepts that you will to employ as critical tools over the module: participation, child-centredness, criticality, vulnerability and responsibility. The modules assignments include a combination of individual and group-based projects.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.