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Childhood and Youth (F55) MA

Childhood and Youth (F55) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Youth Studies Children / Youth (Social Work)

Course type


Course Summary

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth underpinned by a commitment to integrated practice. It is ideal if you want to enhance your knowledge of this area, whether you?re already working in the field or planning to do so. You will begin by exploring the family; law; children?s rights; politicised childhoods; participation and voice issues; consumerist childhoods; education; ethnicity and religion; child criminology; child sexuality; and multi-cultural childhoods ? within a worldwide context, using case studies linking theory to practice. Finally, an extended piece of writing will help you examine the changing policy, organisational, personal and professional contexts of work with children and young people. The aims and outcomes are to: develop advanced critical analysis skills relevant to integrated practice; provide the necessary concepts, theories, knowledge and skills base to understand the lives of children and young people and how this impacts on integrated practice and develop appropriate analytical, research and conceptual skills needed to link theory, practice and experience.

Key features of the course: equips you with the critical tools to analyse policy and to reflect on your own practice; designed to help you develop professionally and meet the diverse and changing needs of children and young people; a strong focus on multi-agency working and inter-professional practice and offers a choice between a short research project or literature review. This course will be attractive to professionals working with children and young people in areas such as early years provision, education, social work, nursing, healthcare, youth work, youth justice or the voluntary sector. It should also be of interest if you?re seeking to advance academically and professionally, move into the profession or within the sector, and if you have (or want to move into) a senior, managerial or supervisory role. The case studies in Children and young people?s worlds: frameworks for integrated practice (E807) are drawn from around the world, so this module is very suitable if you are based in the UK or further afield. The themes covered by Critical practice in work with children and young people (K802) are relevant to policy and practice worldwide, but you need to be aware that most of the examples in the study materials are drawn from the UK context.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 3 years | APR

Study mode

Distance without attendance


3 years

Start date



This module provides a broad theoretical overview of some of the key contemporary issues in the global study of childhood and youth. Childhood and youth studies is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the UK; it’s studied by people who work with, or who are interested in the lives of, children and young people, both nationally and internationally. You don’t have to work with children or young people to study this module, but you should be curious about their experiences - including those of migration, disability, inequality and sexuality - as well as in their digital and spiritual lives. Based on cutting-edge research, this module explores many different contexts of children’s and young people’s lives in a challenging but rewarding way.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees are paid per unit.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Not known

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent) to study this course. Their degree can be in any subject, although childhood and youth studies, sociology, health and social care, anthropology, psychology or education are particularly relevant.