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Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Children's Law Sociology

Course type


Course Summary

The Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA will introduce students to a range of contemporary social theories about childhood and children's rights, critically explore social constructions of childhood, and consider the implications these have for professional practice and research with children and young people.

This programme provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of sociological, socio-legal and political theories and concepts of childhood and children’s rights, including a recognition of the varied childhoods experienced by children in richer and poorer contexts. It also helps students develop their critical analytical skills and improve their theoretical understanding and professional practice when working with and for children.

Taught modules run in the evenings and/or over a one-week intensive block. Teaching is delivered face-to-face and through lectures, discussions and debates, and analysis of readings, images, and films. In addition there are tutorials for essays and dissertation preparation. Participants are encouraged to reflect upon their own experiences and backgrounds in teaching sessions. Each core module is assessed by 5,000-word written assignments. Students can do flexible study up to 5 years.

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as international NGO staff, children's charity workers, child advocacy workers and policy advisors. Graduates are also working as teachers and early years practitioners, while others have jobs as university and college lecturers and researchers.

Different course options

Full time | London, Bloomsbury | 1 year | SEP-18

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module explores the relationship between children's rights, professional practice, and contemporary theories of childhood and society. It provides an understanding of sociological, socio-legal and political theories of children's rights and citizenship, and includes critical debates about international children's rights conventions and their applicability in different contexts and countries.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Student should have a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in social science, media or cultural studies, humanities, education or a related field. A similar qualification in another subject is also acceptable if combined with experience in child care, health, education or children's advocacy.