Social And Cultural Contexts Of Childhood EDUC3034

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

An examination of the changing concepts of childhood and the impact this has had on particular aspects of children's experiences.


3 full day inputs from 9am - 3.30pm

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



The assignment will be in two parts:

Students should present (through art, pictures or media) their understanding of contemporary childhood drawing on a variety of theoretical disciplines making links to relevant literature. Students should also consider why concepts and theories of childhood do not remain static (equivalent to 1000 words) 40%
Students will discuss and analyse how concepts of childhood influence current government legislation and documentation and how these concepts are evidenced in their own practice and perspectives, with the aim of defining children's status within Childhood Practice. (1500 words, +/- 10%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

introduce learners to the main concepts and theories of childhood

explore the concepts of the child in today's society and how these relate to Childhood Practice

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

discuss and critique some definitions of childhood in today's society by drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and relevant literature


reflect on and analyse how theories of childhood are evident in current legislation and documentation in Childhood Practice


discuss how theories of childhood are evident in the student's practice and how they inform the student's perspective on children and their rights

consider why theories and concepts of childhood do not remain static in society

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

At least 66% attendance. Students must attend the equivalent of 2 full days of input out of 3.
Participation in formative assessment task.

Submission of summative assessment task.

Students must pass two out of the three assessment elements to obtain a pass grade.