EDU-10029 - Childhood, Policy and Education
Coordinator: Sian Edwards Tel: +44 1782 7 34290
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

Yes

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2019/20

This module encourages students to think critically about the concept of childhood as a social and historical construction. It explores a range of institutional and other discourses in which childhood is encoded including media, literature, art and the law but there is a particular focus on state policies and education. Through a critical review of a range of recent interventions, strategies and agendas including Every Child Matters, Sure Start, Inclusion and Creativity, and their enactment through the early years and primary curriculum, the module explores the role of the state in current constructions of childhood, parenting and associated rights and responsibilities.

Aims
1. To encourage students to think critically about the concept of childhood as a social and historical construction;
2. Explore a range of institutional and other discourses in which childhood is encoded including media, literature, art, state, education and the law;
3. To focus in detail on a range of state policies and interventions impacting on early years and primary education in order to explore the role of the state in current constructions of childhood, parenting and associated rights and responsibilities.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/edu-10029/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

Analyse theory and research in relation to the social and historical construction of childhood will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3;
Make connections between state policy, education and current constructions of childhood, parenting and rights and responsibilities in relation to both will be achieved by assessments: 1, 3;
Explain the development of a range of recent interventions, strategies an agendas impacting on early years and primary education will be achieved by assessments: 1, 3;
Comment on a range of discourses in which childhood is encoded including media, literature, art, state,education and the law will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3;
Drawing on module themes, summarise and evaluate a piece of fiction or a published monograph will be achieved by assessment: 2;
Participate in class discussions and take part in formative group presentations will be achieved by assessments: 3.

Study hours

26 contact hours
52 hours independent study/preparation for seminars
50 hours preparation of essay
22 hours preparation of critique

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 80%
2,500 words essay on module themes.


2: Critique weighted 20%
1, 000 word critical review of book or film relevant to module themes.