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Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies
This free online course was developed in response to the emerging importance of children and youth in international development policy. The course will give the learner a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of development from the early years right through to adolescence. The course will deal with questions such as: What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences a child's development? How can the adults who work with children support them more effectively? After completion of the course, learners will be familiar with the major theories on the development of children. This course will be of great interest to professionals already in health, care or development professions, to learners who are planning a career that centres on youth, and will also be beneficial to parents, carers, and learners who are interested in studying issues related to children and adolescents.
Modules in Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies
In this module the four ‘grand theories’ of child development are explored: behaviourism, social learning, constructivism and social constructivism.
This module will help you to assess the importance of spontaneous play and socialising in the playground as well as looking at the value of play and the varying attitudes that adults have towards the activity
In this module you will encounter many different voices and views of ‘family’, and you will also be invited to reflect on your own views and assumptions.
This module examines the importance of the relationship between the family and literacy.
This module will consider how important quality parenting is, who judges it, and is its provision the sole responsibility of parent.
This module will help you to understand the issues surrounding children's rights as well as examining the implications of seeing children as citizens.
This module will examine the range of factors affecting young people’s wellbeing, such as obesity, binge drinking, depression and behavioural problems.
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