The College of Human and Health Sciences is committed to providing a multidisciplinary approach to the study of children and childhood. Academic staff have expertise within the fields of education, psychology, law, sociology, health and social care. They have strong links with a range of international networks and similar university departments in Europe and around the world. Childhood Studies explores how children develop from birth, how they acquire the ability to learn and think for themselves, and how their development is influenced by their families and the communities they live in. It explores topics from broad historical, psychological, and sociological perspectives and examines the rights of the child in reference to the UN Convention.
A broad range of topics are covered and students are encouraged to critically reflect on their practice and address theory and research relevant to their own interests. For the first time, students on the programme are also able to take a module in the Montessori Method being delivered in partnership with the Montessori Centre Wales (MCW).
The course will:
•Reflect upon the nature of childhood as a concept and the way in which it comes to be construed as it is
•Consider holistic child development in contemporary society
•Reflect on childhood and family policy in a variety of contexts
•Consider professional roles (one’s own and others) in relation to services for children and their families
•Encourage critical analysis of research in relation to childhood
•Encourage professional reflective practice.
International Student Requirements:
Overseas equivalent qualifications may be considered.