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Education, Early Childhood & Youth

Exploring Childhood and Youth in Society

 

Course overview

You are introduced to the role of the digital world, such as the experience of information technology and social media, in the lives of children and young people in contemporary society. Our children and young people no longer experience the world without the internet, and this raises questions regarding their development, understanding and interactions. In our fast-changing technological environment is it reasonable to accept electronic communication as a part of life, or should adult carers still maintain caution with regards to its influence and the potential for a ‘toxic childhood’?

This course will be delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

Starts Thursday 21 January, Thursdays for eight weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

Learning is delivered through a combination of pre-recorded narrated lectures, live group seminars, individual tasks and activities, and tutorials. Live group seminars or tutorials are usually delivered between 6.30 - 8.00pm each week, however recorded lectures and learning activities can be accessed independently at any point during the week.

You can study up to 30 credits at Winter University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please let us know by emailing winter.university@tees.ac.uk.

Age restrictionDue to the content and delivery of this course, it is advised that applicants are aged 16 at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form here and send to winter.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Winter University application.

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Course details

What you study

The module content will consider childhood as studied from the perspective of the western world and will include:

- Social and psychological constructions of contemporary childhood.
- Concepts of post-modernity and compression of time and space in globalised childhoods.
- Nurturing environments, attachment and the social child.
- Virtual engagement, methods for creating and consuming knowledge.
- Electronic communication and acquisition of linguistic skills.
- The role of play, imagination and the cyberworld.
- Literacy and learning in digital format.
- Commercialisation of childhood.
- Youth transitions and the construction of identity online.
- Youth culture and the issue of celebrity.
- Re-creating youth – young people as agents and actors.
- Young people and political activism.
- Equal access: matters of disability, gender, class and race in making virtual connections.
- Risk and the cyber world.
- Legislative and policy frameworks.
- Values and ethics of social media use in education, youth and social work.

How you are assessed

A tutor defined 2,000 word report outlining interaction and use of a form of digital media by children and young people; examining the contributions, benefits, disadvantages, risks and ethical considerations to a specific area of their learning or development.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform. A strong and stable internet connection is required, and a webcam and microphone will allow you to participate in any interactive elements of the course.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or equivalent.


Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, it is advised that applicants are aged 16+ at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form here and send to winter.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Winter University application.

 
 

Part-time

2020/21 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Starts Thursday 21 January, Thursdays for eight weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm

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