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Theories of Childhood, 10 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Master´s Programme in Child Studies
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Child studies - BRA
  COURSE CODE   736A13
Having completed the course, the students should be able to
- use knowledge about the ways in which childhood has evolved as a concept, as well as the major approaches to understanding and theorizing childhood that have accompanied this development,
- display understanding of what the different perspectives and ideas surrounding children and childhood have meant for the shape and form of childhood in today’s societies,
- use their understanding of how these approaches – their foundations, implications and their potential outcomes – provide students with necessary analytical tools for the study of childhood.
The concept of childhood will be analysed from several angles; influential ideas of what a child is, the nature of childhood, the use and place of childhood in society will be considered. Closely connected concepts to childhood, such as age, lifespan and generation, will also be examined in the course. The emphasis will be on the major approaches to the study of childhood that have emerged during the 20th century and how these have helped to shape dominant views on children and childhood. Important schools of thought such as developmental psychology, socialisation theories as well as social actor and constructionist theories will be examined. The influence of the “linguistic turn” and newer post-structuralist perspectives on childhood will also be examined and the nuances and differences between these newer perspectives will be highlighted and evaluated.
The instruction methods will include lectures for overviews of the readings combined with teacher-led seminars and discussions on the Internet as well as individual comments on written assignments. Guiding students in searching and finding relevant literature is also part of the instruction methods of this course. The Internet based format of the course requires a high degree of self-activity from students. Students will be expected to take an active part in their learning experience and to be able to work independently as well as in pairs or groups with other students.
Language of instruction: English.
Each course module is concluded with a compulsory assignment. Each of these assignments must be completed and approved before students can receive their credits for the course. The assignment forms of this course include written essays, reviews of literature, oppositions of the work of other students and considerations of particular course related questions in a discussion forum. As a final examination, students will be required to write a longer essay on the course topic.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

A bachelor’s degree (kandidatexamen) of at least 180 ECTS credits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent, and
1. In-depth studies of at least one year in a field relevant to the programme, including a degree thesis or final paper (equivalent). Relevant fields for in-depth studies are anthropology, education, history, communication studies, language studies, psychology, sociology and political science.
2. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paperbased 550 + TWE-score 4.0, computorbased 213 and internetbased 79), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.0 and no band under 5.0), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Theories of Childhood
Theories of Childhood
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
TEMA - The Tema Institute
Registrar No: 1322/06-41   Course Code: 736A13      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Child studies - BRA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
A1X   Advanced level     BRA   SA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2008-09-10