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Global Childhoods and Youth: Past and Present

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Module description

There have always been children and young people – or have there? By taking a historical and global approach, we will investigate together how concepts of childhood and youth came about (and are constantly reinvented) in the context of particular social and economic conditions. This module investigates how the lives of children and young people today have been shaped by historical and global contexts, and by different national, cultural, religious, social and economic circumstances. The module investigates the histories of children and young people at work, at play and in education, and how these histories shape childhood and youth in different global contexts today. Through lectures, seminars and a trip to a museum, we will look at childhood and youth through core social science concepts such as inequality, intersectionality, structure and agency, and regulation and resistance. There will also be an introduction to some of the approaches and methods used in researching childhood and youth.

Assessment details

  • 500 word Museum text on an object/text/image (worth 15% of the final grade)
  • 2,500 word essay (worth 85% of the final grade)

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