- Leadership in Community Contexts (30 credits)
Explore the concepts of leadership and management and their application to practice settings within community contexts across the Childhood and Community and Youth Work sectors. Consider a number of key areas, ranging from theoretical development, societal change and policy initiatives, followed by an evaluation of the tensions and compatibility issues that occur within leadership and management.
- Negotiated Study (30 credits)
Explore in-depth an area of theory that directly or indirectly influences your specific subject area and/or professional practice. Develop your skills to appraise material from diverse sources in order to deepen specialist understanding. Disseminate your findings to colleagues or service users to inform and develop practice. Negotiate your area of focus with the academic tutor.
- Childhood and Youth Studies Dissertation (60 credits)
Design and carry out a research project of your choice in the area of Childhood and Youth Studies. Identify and define an appropriate research topic and locate relevant textual resources to support literature reviews, documentary analysis, policy and professional documents, and official statistics. Discuss and select an appropriate research strategy and develop a research proposal. Develop meaningful research questions from initial concepts, ontological and epistemological considerations, methodology, approach, ethical issues, data analysis, and dissemination.
- Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies (30 credits)
Identify key contemporary issues that impact on the lives of children and young people and examine common factors relating specifically to inequalities, injustice and rights. Explore contemporary issues including: anti-discriminatory and rights theory and practice, transitions, friendships (gang culture, sub-cultures), youth identity, health and wellbeing, education and employment, cultural worlds and environmental/existential threat. Reflect upon the socio-political challenges outlined in the contemporary issues discussed and how they impact/influence practice.
- Theorising Childhood and Youth Studies (30 credits)
Explore different theoretical frameworks influencing understandings of the concepts of childhood and youth. Examine threshold concepts of childhood and youth through a variety of different lenses. Explore childhood and youth through biological, developmental and constructivist lenses. Analyse various theoretical perspectives and practice of oppression and privilege, intersectionality and positionality and ethics of care.