Summer School: Education

Spend your summer at a university in the world's top 150* and the 22nd most international university in the world**. View our Education modules below.

Education modules

The University of Sussex reserves the right to cancel modules due to staff availability, student demand, minimum enrolment, or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Session One 

  • Exploring Issues in Personal Social and Health Education for Young People

    Module code: IS437

    The module will explore theoretical and practical issues associated with children and young people’s development and their personal, social and health education (PSHE). This module, open to all, will provide you with an introduction to international education and development. Some engagement with young education and/or youth counselling is desirable but not essential.

    This module will reflect on key concepts in child and youth, such as attachment, transition, identity, risk and resilience. Sessions will include comprehensive training on how to build skills and confidence in participatory facilitation and working with young people as well as exploring social pedagogic theories. This training will support you to have the tools needed to interact and engage with young people in effective workshops.

    This is a practical module with interactive group-work and discussion, including the research, design and delivery of workshops as a team. The aim of these workshops is to create a supportive environment – to explore how issues such as mental health and wellbeing, environment and climate are taught, as well as essential training around safeguarding and boundaries; combining academic learning with practical application.

    Throughout this module, you will understand and discuss individual experiences and cultures and develop your own confidence to successfully and meaningfully engage with young people. You will develop the ability to critically reflect and communicate complex ideas, and to construct informed position and arguments, and present those using appropriate academic conventions.

    This module provides an opportunity to think about how we educate and support young people and what we choose to educate them about. It is a practical, hands-on module with interactive group-work and discussion and may include a visit to local schools.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Understand, discuss and critically reflect on individual experiences of childhood and youth which have informed or challenged their own opinions, including education, family life, mental health, food and body image, sexuality or gender
    • Apply theoretical knowledge and understanding of childhood, youth and family from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives, such as educational, psychological, sociological and cultural studies
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills and confidence to successfully and meaningfully engage in training workshops
    • Develop the ability to communicate complex ideas, to construct informed positions and arguments and present them using appropriate academic conventions.

    Teaching method: Workshops
    Assessment: 100% portfolio
    Contact hours: 45 hours


About the School of Education and Social Work

The School of Education and Social Work has several established centres, including the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth and the Centre for International Education.

  • 7thin the UK for Social Work***

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