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Unit information: Children in a Global Context in 2021/22

Unit name Children in a Global Context
Unit code SPOL32008
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Twum-Danso Imoh
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will adopt sociological, anthropological and social policy approaches to explore conceptualisations of childhood, child development and children’s rights within global processes, policies and programmes and examine how these interact with the reality of children’s lives in diverse social, political, cultural and economic contexts.


  • To explore conceptualisations of childhood, child development and children’s rights within global processes as articulated within international laws, global social policies and the efforts of international agencies and institutions.
  • To examine how global processes, policies and programmes shape and influence child-focused initiatives in a range of social, cultural, economic and political contexts.
  • To assess the responses of children and their families to these global processes, policies and programmes upon encountering them in the contexts in which they live their everyday lives.
  • To illuminate the values, norms and factors which inform and shape the responses of children and their families to global processes, policies and programmes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the unit students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways that global processed, policies and actors conceptualise and understand childhood, child development and children's rights.
  2. Evaluate a range of child-focused global social policies.
  3. Assess the varied response of a range of local actors, including children and their families, to child-focused social policies and programmes influenced or initiated by global processes and discourses.
  4. Critically discuss the social, cultural, economic and political contexts that influence the responses of local actors to global social policies, programmes and initiatives.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through blended learning involving a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including weekly lectures provided via narrated powerpoint presentations, practical activities supported by study-group sessions and self-directed exercises. The narrated power point presentations will cover more conceptual and theoretical aspects of the module whilst more applied, substantive, in-depth and extended learning will take the form of self-paced, material delivered electronically, and undertaken individually or supported by pair and group work. Students will receive regular feedback from the module convenor as well as their peers. We will make use of online forum and collaboration tools to foster a collaborative, creative and community mindset. Feedback will be provided for formal assessments, preparation for which will be supported through online activities and in study group sessions with the module convenor

Assessment Information

Part 1: 1500-word portfolio (50%)- this will assess learning outcomes 1, 3, 4.

Part 2: 1500 word essay (50%) - this will assess learning outcomes 1-3


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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