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Children and young people's worlds

Childhood and youth studies is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the UK; it’s studied by people who work with, or who are interested in the lives of, children and young people, both nationally and internationally. You don’t have to work with children or young people to study this module, but you should be curious about their experiences – including those of migration, disability, inequality and sexuality – as well as in their digital and spiritual lives. Based on cutting-edge research, this module explores many different contexts of children’s and young people’s lives in a challenging and rewarding way.

Vocational relevance

The theoretical emphasis of this module makes it suitable for both those working with children currently and those who wish to do so in the future; and for those who are interested in understanding children’s and young people’s role in the contemporary world. Its emphasis on study skills and the support it provides make it an ideal first module in a masters programme.

Module

Module code
E808
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
60
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU Postgraduate
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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Module cost
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What you will study

This module will introduce you to some of the central theoretical debates in childhood and youth studies, as well as discussing emerging ideas about disability, social capital, spirituality, mental health and the role of psychology. Framed by understandings of children’s rights, the study weeks tackle issues of cultural relativism, inequality and children and young people’s role in the consumer world. A variety of authors wrote the study weeks, and they show the vibrancy of the debates within childhood and youth studies and the contemporary nature of the research. Structured study skills activities throughout support your study at postgraduate level.

Module topics include:

  • Children, young people and: disability; race; sexuality; gender identity; politics; forms of violence; their cultural worlds
  • Children and: food; their families
  • Children's: mental health and illness; rights and cultural relativism; spirituality; voice, participation and agency
  • Reconciling childhood studies and child psychology
  • Inequalities and the social and cultural capital of childhood
  • Transnational childhoods
  • Digital childhoods

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You’ll have a named tutor who will support your studies and mark and comment on your assignment work; you can also seek academic advice and guidance from them. Your tutor will offer support through email, telephone and online forum discussions. Additionally, there will be online tutorials. We’ll advertise tutorials before the module starts; E808 tutors will take them, but depending on the tutorial, not necessarily your own named tutor. We recommend you book online to attend these tutorials.

Assessment

You can find the assessment details for this module in the facts box.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

Course work includes

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

Children and young people’s worlds (E808) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2025.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Entry requirements

    You must have the minimum of a:

    • bachelors degree (in any subject) from a UK university, or
    • professional qualification equivalent to a UK bachelors degree, or
    • qualification from a university outside the UK and equivalent to a UK bachelors degree.

    If you’ve any doubt about the suitability of the module, talk to an adviser.

    Outside the UK

    Synchronous tutorials and communications could be difficult to deliver to students outside the UK due to time differences. If you can’t attend the synchronous tutorials or make synchronous communications, you’ll have to use asynchronous alternative methods, such as watching recorded tutorials and emailing questions.

    Preparatory work

    The module website will open to registered students two weeks before the module starts. You might find it helpful to explore the guidance ‘supporting your study’ that includes activities designed to develop familiarity and confidence with some of the tools you’ll encounter in the module’s online environment. We also suggest you look at the page on postgraduate study skills.

    Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of masters-level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    05 Oct 2019 Jun 2020 £2100.00

    Registration closes 19/09/19 (places subject to availability)

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    This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2025.

    Future availability

    Children and young people’s worlds (E808) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2025.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    • Access to the module study materials via the module website
    • One printed reader, Children and Young People’s Worlds, edited by Heather Montgomery and Martin Robb.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components might not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.