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Children, Families and the State

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Module description

This module examines how the personal and family lives and experiences of children and young people are shaped by contrasting degrees and models of welfare provision (and by the erosion of welfare provision within neo-liberal economies) across the globe. Conversely, it also examines how state policies are shaped by the actions of children and young people themselves. The module uses a range of policy examples, including early years support (e.g. maternity and paternity provision, child-care, parenting guidance), educational and health services provision, family support, and children in state care, to investigate the costs and benefits of different forms and levels of state intervention in the lives of children and their families. Each week will draw on theoretical perspectives and debates from the literature to examine a key issue within the changing landscape of social policy. Examples of different forms and levels of state intervention will be used to facilitate discussion.

Assessment details

  • 3000 word essay (worth 100%) 

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