The children’s workforce needs innovative and creative leaders who are confident to work with diverse communities to promote social justice. This programme builds on the diversity of London as a global city to empower you to transform conceptions of practice with children and young people, and to lead innovation in a changing world.
In increasingly diverse societies it is essential that professionals have confidence in engaging with all forms of diversity and the skills to promote social justice. You will begin to think about childhood and education through the lens of ‘diverse societies’ which means you can learn through a comparative approach, and also develop your understanding of the diversity within societies.
You will be enabled to develop a critical and nuanced understanding of how childhood and education are constructed and experienced differently, reflecting the importance of context and the intersectional identities of individuals. You will have the opportunity to apply cutting edge theoretical and research-informed knowledge to your employment, if you already work in the sector or to voluntary experience, if you are not in relevant employment.
This course is ideal for graduates with an interest in working with children and families in the community, or taking a role within formal education.
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The course is built around the following core ideas:
You will learn how to think with theory to help tackle old problems in innovative and exciting ways, and understand how policy shapes practice, and crucially, how practitioners can work with policy to promote social justice. You will reflect on your own strengths and development needs to be better placed to have a positive impact as well as being able to utilise, conduct and evaluate research to help others.
This module will investigate how policy works to define and reflect diversity, how professionals enact policy and how it affects children and young people by using case studies from around the world. You will develop your capacity to critically understand and work with policy to pursue social justice in a context that is relevant to your work interests.
This module will focus on a range innovative theoretical frameworks to question common-sense perceptions of diversity in order to generate new insights into practice with children and young people. You will focus on putting these ideas into practice, generating novel solutions to real-life problems.
This module focuses on practical research strategies for working with children and young people. You will encounter and use a range of strategies and examine the legal and ethical aspects of undertaking research. You will develop practical skills and devise a research proposal for an individual research project.
This module is about volunteering or working within an organisation to contribute to improving children’s lives. Placements can be in informal education settings, charities, museums, community groups or any other relevant organisation. The focus is on learning through making a positive difference and developing advanced skills for employability.
This module will support you to evaluate the impact of an innovation you design and to report the findings to demonstrate your ability to have a positive impact on practice.
This module is aimed at those who are already employed in a role working with children.
This module enables you to design your own unique learning project. A supervisor will help you identify your own learning objectives and guide you to structure a project that meets your own individual interests.
This module will give you the opportunity to devise and conduct your own research project with young people. The outcomes will be reported through a conference paper, presented at the university, and a research article, written in the format of an academic journal. Practical workshops and an individual supervisor will provide support to develop your practical skills and confidence required to communicate your findings in the required formats.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
The main modules on theory and policy will provide a strong spine to the programme and ensure your cohort develops a strong identity. Research methods are taught in the first semester, and this enables you to undertake your own research project in semester two. Optional modules can be scheduled to fit around your placements.
You will have the option to undertake practice-based learning. If you are already working, you can complete an action research project in your own workplace to develop leadership skills – innovating and evaluating inclusive practice. If you're not yet working in your preferred sector, you will be supported to find a placement where you will be able to learn through working or volunteering in organisations working with children.
All modules are assessed through coursework, spread throughout the year, and all coursework is supported by formative tasks and feedback from tutors. You will share your own research through a conference paper and journal article in order to develop your advanced presentation skills. All the assignments will focus on developing your practical skills and applying knowledge to the real world.
The course will help you build a career in a number of roles related to working with children and young people, for example as a stepping stone into teacher training, as an education officer in a third sector organisation, or as a youth worker.
At the outset, you will have the opportunity to plan your own personalised route through the programme (with an experienced supervisor) to ensure you build the skills and competences most suited to your career aspirations. This plan will incorporate the assignments you complete, the research you conduct and the placements you are offered, to ensure you build a coherent evidence base for future employers.
Dr Jerome has expertise in children’s rights, citizenship education and service learning.
Dr Harding leads on the Research Methods module. She is a respected specialist in children’s television, developing innovative research strategies and consulting widely with television production companies.
Start: September 2020
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start: September 2020
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start: October 2020, January 2020
Duration: 2-3 years part-time, dependant on previous experience and qualifications