Parents and Families (X3237)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

You'll build on and extend your knowledge of children and young people's lives in the context of their families.

You'll develop an holistic and ecological view of children and young people and explore the micro-and meso-systems of children and young people's development and experiences.

You focus on:

  • the interactions and relationships between children and young people and their immediate familial and care environments
  • the risks and resilience of these contexts and the role that families and other carers can play in promoting resilience and well-being
  • concepts of family and family practices, parenting, care, social and cultural capital.

Locating childhood and youth in a family and care context, you'll also cover a range of topics including:

  • the concept of 'family' and family diversity
  • siblings
  • parenting
  • extended families
  • non-parental child-care
  • play, leisure and family life
  • social inequalities
  • diversity
  • disadvantaged families.

Examples will be given from cross-cultural research and links will be made to current developments in policy and practice for/with children and young people and their families.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Project)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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.