Childhood and Youth in the Contemporary World (847L6)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Social sciences have long taken childhood and youth into account; however, these were often based on adult's views on children. More recently, these have shifted to an engagement with children's own perspectives and practices in the contemporary world. These include how young people interact and actively shape their environments, such as families and peers, educational institutions and religious communities.

Themes included on this module include young people in the context of play and labour, children’s bodies, spaces and mobilities, and their experiences of, and responses to violence. Broader theoretical discussions are complemented by in-depth ethnographic material from cultures and societies across the globe.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

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 feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.