Introducing Social Pedagogy: Professional Approaches (X3230)

30 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

Gian an introduction to social pedagogy: a core theoretical and professional discipline for work with children and young people in many European countries. Social pedagogy can be understood as the theoretical discipline concerned with upbringing, or with education in the broadest sense of that word.

You learn about:

  • social pedagogy, addressing current theoretical understandings and debates
  • the application of social pedagogic theory and principles to policy and work with children, young people and families across the sector of children's services
  • the relevance of social pedagogy to practice in settings including schools, youth services, early years and out of school provision.

Readings include writings on social pedagogic theory and UK-focused material to encourage you to identify links between social pedagogy and other complementary approaches to work with children.

Module content will include:

  • key concepts and principles, and their application to work with children and young people
  • the diversity of social pedagogy – cross-national variations in theory and approaches
  • social pedagogy in the UK: commonalities and differences with English language approaches to work with children
  • the professional role of the pedagogue within children's services
  • social pedagogy in practice: supporting children's learning and their education (in the broadest sense of the word)
  • social pedagogy in policy for children and families
  • current debates and future directions.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 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: