CARE08058 2016 Children, Culture and Society

General Details

Full Title
Children, Culture and Society
Transcript Title
Children Culture and Society
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Subject Area
CARE - Social Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Susan McDonnell
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_SoCaSOCI_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

 This elective module introduces key concepts of Childhood Studies, applying them to children’s roles in society, children’s practices, and children’s creation and consumption of culture. There are no pre-requisite modules, but if you have already studied Sociology of Childhood, this module will utilize and extend your understanding in this area. Children, Culture and Society offers a critical sociological overview of perspectives on childhood, and the implications of these perspectives for children’s everyday lives, cultural activities and participation, both in western countries and in the majority world. Through reading, reflection and discussion, students will be encouraged to consider children’s lives in context, and the importance of interactions between children and adults. A particular focus will be contemporary debates around children’s material and media cultures, including relevant case studies.

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 4: Professional Development

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Discuss key debates in Childhood Studies with regard to the conceptualization and positioning of children in western and majority world contexts (Domain 4.4, 5.1,5.2,5.4, 5.6,5.7, 5.14)


Describe historical and contemporary perspectives on children's participation in society (Domain 5.1,5.2,5.4, 5.6, 5.7, 5.14)


Evaluate the significance of play, material and media cultures in children's social worlds, with particular reference to 'new' media (Domain 5.1,5.4, 5.7)


 Assess the role of key adult contributors to children's culture and of children's role in creating culture 


Critically analyse children's material/ media culture with reference to concepts addressed in the module (Domain 5.7)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures, tutorial discussions, learner participation

Module Assessment Strategies

This module assessment allows for assessment of CORU standards of proficiency as follows: 

(i) In pairs, you will present an outline of a journal article/ book chapter to your tutorial group, and lead discussion 30%. Methods used should promote engagement and maximize class participation. (Materials will be selected by the lecturer to cohere with course content) (Domain 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4 5.6, 5.7,5.14)

 (ii) Show and discuss any item from children’s culture past or present- a film, website, game, toy or book. Write an essay critically evaluating its style, origins, functions, underlying messages or assumptions in the context of module materials. 2000 words. 70% (Domain 5.1, 5.4)


Repeat Assessments

Repeat project 1 and/or 2

Indicative Syllabus

  •  Defining and representing childhoods
  • Children as social actors
  • Children’s Place: Public and private
  • Rights, Participation, and Citizenship
  • Peer Cultures
  • Work and Play
  • Material culture: Toys
  • The Politics of Children and Media
  • New media and participatory cultures
  • Film, stories and books


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Review/ presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % OnGoing 1,3
2 Essay/ discussion Project Essay 70 % Week 12 2,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Classroom Flexible Seating Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Classroom Flexible Seating Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bragg, S. and Kehily, MJ (2013) Children and Young People's Cultural Worlds. OU/Wiley

Buckingham, D. (2007) Beyond technology: Children’s learning in the age of digital culture. Polity Press

Buckingham, D. and Sefton-Green, J. (2003) Gotta catch 'em all: structure, agency and pedagogy in children's media culture. Media, Culture and Society 25:160

Buckingham, D. (2007) Childhood in the Age of Global Media

Buckingham, D. and Tingstad (2010) Childhood and Consumer Culture

Clark, A. (2013) Childhoods in Context. OU/ Wiley Press

Corsaro, W. (2005) The Sociology of Childhood

Crowley, A. and Johnson, V. (2016) Children's Participation in Global Contexts: Beyond Voice. London, Routledge

Devine, D. and Kelly, M. (2006) 'I just don't want to get picked on by anybody' Dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in a newly multi-ethnic Irish primary school. Children and Society 20

d'Haenens,L. Vandoninck, S. and Donoso, V. (2013) How to Cope and Build online resilience? Kids III/Reports/Copingonlineresilience.pdf

Foley, P. and Leverett, S. (2011) Children and Young People's Spaces

Hughes, P. and MacNaughton, G. (2001) Fractured or Manufactured: Gendered Identities and Culture in the Early Years. In Grieshaber, S. and Cannella, G. Embracing identities in early Childhood Education. Teacher's College Press

Ito, M. et al (2008) Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of findings from the digital youth project. MIT Press

Jenkins, H. (1998) The Children's Culture Reader New York University Press

Livingstone, S. Haddon, L. Gorzig, A. and Olaffson, K. (2011) EU Kids Online report. Kids II (2009-11)/EUKidsOnlineIIReports/Final report.pdf

Marsh, J. (2010) Young Children's Play in Online Virtual Worlds. Journal of Early Childhood Research 8(1)

Marsh, J. and Bishop, J. (2014) Changing Play: Play, media and commercial culture from the 1950s to the present day. OU Press

Matthews, S. (2007) A window on the New Sociology of Childhood. Sociology Compass

Messenger Davies, M. (2010) Children, Media and Culture OU Press

Minecraft: More than a game

Renold, E. (2005) Girls, boys and junior sexualities: exploring children's gender and sexual relations in the primary school. Routledge

Stoeklin, D. and Bonvin, J.M. (2014) Children's Rights and the Capability Approach: Challenges and Prospects. Heidelberg, Springer

Sutton-Smith, B. (1997) The Ambiguity of Play. Harvard Press

Tisdall, EKM and Punch, S. (2013) Not so new: looking critically at childhood studies. Children's Geographies 10:3 249-264

Warner, M. (2014) Once Upon a Time: A short history of fairy tale. Oxford University Press

Wyness, M. (2006) Childhood and Society