9 months
3410 GBP/full
3410 GBP/full
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This Children and Young People's Worlds module from The Open University UK will introduce you to some of the central theoretical debates in childhood and youth studies, as well as discussing emerging ideas about disability, social capital, spirituality, mental health and the role of psychology.

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Childhood and youth studies is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the UK; it’s studied by people who work with, or who are interested in the lives of, children and young people, both nationally and internationally. You don’t have to work with children or young people to study this module, but you should be curious about their experiences – including those of migration, disability, inequality and sexuality – as well as in their digital and spiritual lives. Based on cutting-edge research, this Children and Young People's Worlds module from The Open University UK explores many different contexts of children’s and young people’s lives in a challenging and rewarding way.

Vocational relevance

The theoretical emphasis of this module makes it suitable for both those working with children currently and those who wish to do so in the future; and for those who are interested in understanding children’s and young people’s role in the contemporary world. Its emphasis on study skills and the support it provides make it an ideal first module in a masters programme.

Programme Structure

Module topics include:

  • Children, young people and: disability; race; sexuality; gender identity; politics; forms of violence; their cultural worlds
  • Children and: food; their families
  • Children's: mental health and illness; rights and cultural relativism; spirituality; voice, participation and agency
  • Reconciling childhood studies and child psychology
  • Inequalities and the social and cultural capital of childhood
  • Transnational childhoods
  • Digital childhoods

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You must have the minimum of a:

  • bachelors degree (in any subject) from a UK university, or
  • professional qualification equivalent to a UK bachelors degree, or
  • qualification from a university outside the UK and equivalent to a UK bachelors degree.

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 3410 GBP for the full programme during 9 months.
  • National

    3410 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 3410 GBP for the full programme during 9 months.


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