Introduction to Childhood and Youth: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Module code: X3229
Level 4
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

Explore children and young people's development from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The module takes a holistic and ecological view of developmental trajectories in the context of social relationships to give you an overview of children and young people's development and the role that relationships with primary carers, significant others, family members and friends play in that development.

You reflect on key concepts in child and youth development, such as attachment, transition (with associated gains, losses, change and risks), identity, risk and resilience. Locating the child in the context of social and societal relationships, you examine key aspects of child development, and theoretical approaches to understanding childhood.

You explore the roles of:

  • attunement, self-regulation and attachment in emotional and social development
  • environmental and social factors in the development of speech, language and literacy
  • play in the development of gender and ethnic identities and moral reasoning
  • peer and family relationships and the influence of wider social institutions in the development of young identities.

You also study:

  • the problematisation of adolescence and perspectives on sexual development, risk, crisis and deviance
  • major transitions, democratic participation and civic engagement
  • the governance of children and young people's lives and spaces.

In addition you explore the impact of inequality on children and young people's development across differences such as class, race, gender, sexuality and age, Children's experiences and points of view of growing up in different social and cultural contexts will also be addressed.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a developing theoretical knowledge and understanding of factors contributing to the cognitive, social and emotional development of children.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and understanding of childhood, youth and family from a number of perspectives, such as educational, psychological, sociological and cultural perspectives.
  • Evaluate explanations of the development of children on the basis of detailed reading of published work.
  • Show a developing confidence in critically evaluating your own and others' academic writing through working with others in peer learning and evaluation.