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MSc.in International Childhood Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London
Date:December 9th, 2008

 
International Childhood Studies (MSc 2009/10 entry)
 
Aims
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This programme will be of particular interest to anyone working with or intending to work with children in service provision or policy development, particularly in culturally diverse settings, or who has an interest in cultures of childhood.
The MSc International Childhood Studies aims to:
·         Provide students with a critical historical and international perspective on the construction of childhood.
·         Enable students to understand childhood as a site of social inequalities that are racialised, classed and gendered.
·         Provide students with the skills to produce high-quality independent research.
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Content
 
The programme is made up of two core modules and two option modules and a dissertation.
 
The two core modules are Social Studies of Childhood: key concepts and issues; and Political Economy of Childhood. Option modules include Visual Cultures of Childhood and Children, Rights and Childhood (School of Law). Relevant option modules may also be taken from the School of Psychosocial Studies with the agreement of the Programme Director. Dissertation research in a relevant field is agreed with the Programme Director. Classes in Research Methods for Dissertation are taught with the Msc Development Studies which gives students an opportunity for academic exchange with students working in the development sector.
 
Teaching
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Lectures, seminars, presentations and tutorials.
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Assessment
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Most assessment is by course work including critical annotated bibliographies and essays. Social Studies of Childhood is assessed by an unseen written examination paper.
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When to apply
  • Before you apply contact the Programme Director, Dr Karen Wells at k.wells@bbk.ac.uk to discuss your application.
  • You should apply as early as possible.
How to apply
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You can apply online from January at bbk.ac.uk.
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Contact for enquiries
Faculty of Lifelong Learning
tel: 020 7631 6632
email: k.wells@bbk.ac.uk
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Duration
  • Two years part-time
Attendance
  • one evening a week.
  • Three or four additional evenings a term for workshops, lectures from visiting speakers and tutorials.
  • October–June.
Entry requirements
  • Good second-class honours degree in humanities or social sciences.
  • Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience are also welcome.
Fees (2008/2009)
  • Part-time (home/EU students): £2448 pa
  • Part-time (overseas students): £6168 pa
  • Full-time (home/EU students): £3330 pa
  • Full-time (overseas students): £12,336 pa
Admissions tutors
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Dr Karen Wells
 


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