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Global Childhoods (Module)

Module description


This module examines how global social, economic, political and technological processes such as globalisation, the spread of capitalism and neo-liberalism impact on children's lives in diverse ways across the world. Some of the processes and outcomes of these global influences include poverty and child labour; family change; refugees and migration; 'radicalisation'; child carers; and environmental challenges. This module explores how children's experiences of these processes are shaped by their [children's] physical location in the Global North and Global South, and intersect with their identities as children, young people, girls, boys, and members of minority or majority ethnic groups in those locations. It illuminates a number of theoretical approaches (feminist, post-structuralist, post-colonialist) that students can deploy in examining childhood globally. This module takes a thematic approach, inviting students to engage in a global and overarching inquiry into issues affecting childhood(s) in many areas of the world. The module has a focus on programmes and interventions run by governmental and non-governmental organisations, and considers the intersections and tensions between research, theory and practice. Students are required to undertake, at the minimum, the core reading and tasks set for each week.

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2018/19 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years. 

Staff information

Dr Francesca Meloni

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • A case study of 4,500 words (worth 70% of the mark for the module).
  • A 15-minute presentation based on a book review (worth 30% of the mark for the module).

Key information

Module code 7SSEC006

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes