If you want to create a better future for the next generation, this exciting course is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge, sensitivity and understanding to join one of the many professions which deal with social, psychological and educational issues relating to children and young people.
Our multi-disciplinary approach enables you to explore a diverse range of subjects, such as sociology, psychology, health and welfare, safeguarding, education, and policy and practice. This will give you a far deeper insight into the behaviours, attitudes and influences of children and young people in their communities and society at large, considering the impact of class, race, gender, disability, sexuality, religion, poverty, region and nationality.
International perspectives on childhood and youth will be threaded throughout the course, enabling you to develop a global understanding of how the health, wellbeing and social mobility of children and young people are promoted by practitioners. In addition to international study visits and the option of an international placement, we ensure all modules feature internationally relevant content. We will consider how perspectives on notions of ‘childhood and youth’ have developed politically, socially and culturally and the ways in which similar policies have been established in other countries. For example, we consider differing views on the rights of the child around the world and how these might relate to issues such as child labour or differing access to education.
Importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to put theory into practice, gaining relevant experience in a range of organisations at home or abroad, including charities and social enterprises, together with more traditional settings, like local councils and schools. Our students have undertaken placements working for schools (mainstream and specialist), childcare services, youth clubs and projects, social services, homelessness projects and disability support. Our range of international placement settings is growing each year, but to-date students have undertaken placements in the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the United States. As well as developing employability skills, this vital practical experience will increase your understanding of how a wide range of organisations work to develop the aspirations, prospects and quality of life of children and young people.