Childhood and Youth
Understanding Childhood and Youth (Counselling CYP) 2023-24
School of Education
Module - Semester 1
Topics covered on this module may include: 1. Meanings of childhood and youth across history and cultures 2. Impact of sociological constructs of childhood on policy and legislation, including children’s participation rights in practice 3. Child development and transitions 4. Mental health and wellbeing in children and young people 5. Psychopharmacology during formative development 6. Play, relaxation, and self-help through childhood and youth
You must achieve a threshold of 50% to pass this module. Please see below for guidance on what you must demonstrate in your work to achieve different levels of performance.
Excellent (A*, A+, A, A-) • Insightful and evaluative understanding of the complexities of the concept of childhood • Comprehensive knowledge synthesised with applied understanding of contemporary issues for children and young people • Detailed understanding of theory with no factual errors • Critical analysis showing evaluation and synthesis of ideas • Novel and innovative originality in approach, interpretation, and voice • Extensive and comprehensive independent research • Logically defended arguments with evidence for all claims • Highly focused and well structured • Excellent presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Correct format in appropriate referencing style
Good (B+, B, B-) • Considered understanding of the complexities of the concept of childhood • Strong knowledge alongside applied understanding of contemporary issues for children and young people • Clear understanding of theory and mostly free of factual errors • Some analysis showing critical evaluation and links between ideas • Novel originality in approach, interpretation, and voice • Considerable independent research from appropriate sources • Coherent arguments with evidence for most claims • Focused and well structured • Clear presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Mostly correct format in appropriate referencing style
Threshold (C+, C, C-) • Basic understanding of the complexities of the concept of childhood • Some knowledge of counselling and applied understanding of contemporary issues for children and young people • Understanding the main theoretical concepts with no major factual errors • Basic analysis showing obvious points of evaluation and links between ideas • Some originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice for part of the work • Some independent research from appropriate sources • Arguments presented with evidence for the most important claims • Readable structure showing focus at times • Acceptable presentation with appropriate expression • Attempt at correct format in appropriate referencing style with no major errors
If you do not meet the threshold, then your work will be graded as a Fail (less than 50%). Fail grades vary from Poor (D+, D, D-, E+, E, E-) to Very Poor (F).
- Create mental health support resources which are grounded in theory and empirical evidence.
- Critically understand theories of mental health and wellbeing in children and young people in an applied context.
- Demonstrate a critically informed understanding of social, cultural and political perspectives of childhood and youth.
- Describe and evaluate theories of development and transition in children and young people.
Psychoeducational Resources This assessment includes a psychoeducational resource that can be used by a client aged between 4-18yrs. This resource can be something that the client can use independently or something that is used by a counsellor/parent/carer/etc with the client. The resource can be a poster, leaflet, webpage, video, or any other format that would be appropriate for the chosen age group and content. The resource must be under 1000wd or 10min (or blend thereof). The resource must be accompanied by a 1000wd guidance document which explains how to use the resource and the theoretical and empirical evidence underpinning the resource.
Oral Discussion Group Exam This assessment is a twenty-minute group discussion about a case study in counselling children and young people. The format of the discussion mirrors the context of group supervision and is designed to assess your ability to engage in a discussion about a client case to demonstrate deep knowledge and insight with regards to therapeutic theory. You will be assessed individually in terms of your engagement within the group (communication skills), your knowledge of theories of development and transition in children and young people, and your insight into the social, cultural and political perspectives of childhood and youth.