MODULE TITLE : CONSTRUCTS OF CHILDHOOD
MODULE CODE : ECU401
- MODULE SUMMARY
- CONTACT HOURS
- MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES
- LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
- METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
MODULE SUMMARY :
Childhood is defined largely through the attitudes, beliefs and values of particular societies at particular times. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, this module will promote an understanding of how childhood has changed or is different and continues to be socially constructed. This leads to a number of contested discourses for example: Romantic, Puritan, and Utilitarian which continue to influence policy and practice in the Early Childhood context. This module will also make reference to students own experiences of childhood and will explore how this, alongside other constructs, are influenced and represented through a variety of means such as media imagery, children’s literature and artefacts from a range of sources. Students will be encouraged to consider the potential implications for their practice in Early Childhood in respect of dominant discourses around childhood.
CONTACT HOURS :
MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :
This module aims to:
Introduce students to a range of childhood discourses using a variety of disciplines.
Encourage students to understand the social context in which ideas about childhood emerge.
Explore factors that influence dominant childhood discourses.
Discuss how dominant childhood discourses can affect practice.
Explore these ideas using children’s literature as a vehicle.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:
Locate historical and contemporary childhood discourses, drawing on a variety of relevant disciplines.
Identify the influence of social context in terms of discourses of childhood.
Discuss the relationship between childhood discourses and the beliefs, attitudes and values of particular societies.
Recognise the impact of dominant childhood discourses on practice.
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :
Component 1 - 100% Essay (3000 Words)