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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOC3003 Module Title: SOCIOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC323
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MORAN-ELLIS JM Ms (Sociology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
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Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment
Percentage  Weighting
2 essays of 2,000 words
25% each
Written examination
Module Overview

Childhood has long been seen as the domain of psychology and biology, with sociology mainly viewing children in the context of the family or as ‘juveniles’ who pose problems.  The sociology option will explore theoretical and empirical challenges to traditional conceptualisations of children and childhood. A focus on children as social actors in their own right will be developed, and consideration of the range of social policies and regulatory mechanisms that relate to children’s lives will take place within this framework. The notion of the child as an object of concern for the state will be examined alongside different perspectives on children’s rights, parenting, and the interaction of children and society.

Module Aims
Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes


Having completed this module the student should:


1.         Have a thorough familiarity with contemporary theorising in the sociology of childhood


2.         Be able to critically appraise empirical approaches to children and childhood


3.         Comprehend the socio-historic dimensions of contemporary childhoods and relationships with the State


4.         Be able to evaluate and analyse social policies relating to children from the perspective of the new childhood studies paradigm


5.         Have an insight into emergent trends in the sociology of childhood



Module Content

The social construction of childhood


The social world of children


Children and families


The history of childhood


Children under the professional gaze


The abuse of children


Children and society in conflict?


Children in contemporary : policy and panic


The globalisation of childhood


Methods of Teaching/Learning


Selected Texts/Journals

Hutchby, I & Moran-Ellis, J (eds) Children and Social Competence, Falmer


James, A; Jenks, C; Prout, A (1998) Theorizing Childhood, Polity Press


James, A & Prout, A (1997) Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood, 2nd edition Falmer


Qvortrup et al (1994) Childhood Matters: Social Theory, Practice and Politics, Avebury



Last Updated

September 2010