Childhood Studies

Degree: Master
University: Oxford Brookes University , Faculty: Westminster Institute of Education
City: Oxford , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Applied Sciences, Proffesions&Arts
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline as early as possible
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The MA in Childhood Studies is an interdisciplinary MA addressing the span of childhood from birth to 13. The course provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue, or develop further, their skills and careers as practitioners or researchers working with children or providing services for them. It is designed to appeal to professionals working in education, social work and health care who would value a deeper understanding of the theoretical issues relating to their professional concerns, and it also constitutes a good preparation for students who plan to study for a higher-level research degree such as a PhD.

    Through the course we explore alternative conceptions of childhood and consider children´s lives and experiences through the social, economic, technological and global contexts in which they are situated. We also explore the expanding role of services for children, the challenges this provides for practitioners and policy makers, and the ways in which these services position children and their families. An interdisciplinary approach is central to the MA in Childhood Studies, which is taught by a core course team with expertise in sociology, psychology, history, social policy, social and health care, early childhood and education studies.

    Teaching, learning and assessment The course will make use of a wide range of teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, online activities and discussions, workshops, placements and research projects. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to learn in a research-led interdisciplinary environment. Assessment will be completely through coursework.

    For full-time students, sessions will take place on two days each week. Attendance patterns take account of the fact that most part-time students are in full-time employment, so that over two years all modules will be available in a form suitable for part-timers, for example, one whole-day conference plus four evenings and two online discussions.


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