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Module PPP-3005:
Children, Families & Society

Module Facts

Run by School of Psychology

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Nia Griffith

Overall aims and purpose

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MODULE IS DELIVERED THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF WELSH AND ENGLISH. This module will explore the complex relationships between children, families and society. Topics will include protective and risk factors associated with child development and well-being, including the most common trajectories associated with these factors.

In addition, the module aims to introduce some of the policies and interventions that have been implemented in an attempt to improve child development and wellbeing and will discuss the challenges faced in delivering interventions in a real-world setting.

Cohort studies, randomised controlled trails and relevant research methods will be introduced.

Course content

Early infant development Risk factors to early development Protective factors to early development Childhood disorders Parenting is pivotal Early intervention

Assessment Criteria


Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material


Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area, clarity of argument and expression, creative thinking about core issues. Depth of insight into theoretical issues


Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe typical methods used to explore the relationship between children, families and society.

  2. Evaluate and discuss research papers detailing the predictive nature of risk and protective factors.

  3. Present a critical review of a relevant filed of study that could accompany the course (to be chosen by the student) to be made into a podcast.

  4. Ability to critically evaluate policies that have been implemented through community-based interventions, and the way their successes have been measured.

  5. Understand the key role that behavioural principles play in changing parenting behaviours, with the intention of changing child behaviours and positive child outcomes in the long-term

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Oral Presentation of relevant research topic 40
Final Exam 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Lecture 22
Private study 178

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues and integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
  • Retrieve and organise information effectively.
  • Handle primary source material critically.
  • Engage in effective teamwork for the purpose of collaborating on psychological projects.
  • Be sensitive and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal psychological factors.
  • Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
  • Work effectively under pressure (time pressure, limited resources, etc) as independent and pragmatic learners.
  • Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
  • Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
  • Understand and investigate the role of brain function in all human behaviour and experience.
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.
  • Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures.

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: