Diversity, Rights & Culture
Run by School of Education and Human Development
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Anne-Marie Smith
Overall aims and purpose
NOTE: FOR 2018-19 THIS MODULE (ENGLISH MEDIUM) WILL BE TAUGHT IN SEMESTER 2 ONLY
The module focuses on the significance of cultural diversity, values, and rights and their importance in the development of children’s cultural and moral awareness. With an emphasis on rights, the module will explore ways in which cultural awareness can be nurtured in childhood and youth. This will include an exploration of educational strategies such as Philosophy for Children (P4C) and initiatives that promote the participation and voice of children and young people across socio-cultural contexts. Overall the module aims to provide broad understanding of cultural issues in childhood and youth within the contexts of national and international perspectives.
Across two semesters we will explore and discuss a broad range of themes and questions, including:
Definitions of culture - how do children and young people 'learn' culture? Educational policy and strategies to promote cultural diversity Philosophy for Children (P4C): methods to promote cultural awareness Global Citizenship Children's rights: culture, identity and diversity the UNCRC and children's cultural rights Cultural relativism in children's rights practice the 'best interests of the child' in diverse cultural contexts Concepts of 'values', 'ethics' and 'rights' in cultural context
Threshold: D-, D, D+ A satisfactory understanding and adequate appreciation of the importance of promoting cultural awareness in childhood and youth; some knowledge of the different meanings attached to the concept of culture; an ability to discuss culture and diversity with some reference to children's rights; an awareness of educational strategies to promote cultural awareness (example: the 'Philosophy for Children' method).
Good: C-, C., C+ A good understanding and appreciation of the importance of promoting cultural awareness in childhood and youth; an ability to discuss culture and diversity with well-informed reference to children's rights; a good knowledge of the different meanings attached to the concept of culture; a sound understanding of educational strategies to promote cultural awareness (example: the 'Philosophy for Children' method)
Excellent: A- to A* A thorough understanding and appreciation of the importance of promoting cultural awareness in childhood and youth; an ability to engage in depth with ideas about culture and diversity within the context of children's rights; an excellent knowledge of the different meanings and interpretations attached to the concept of culture; an excellent understanding of educational strategies to promote cultural awareness (example: the 'Philosophy for Children' method).
Show an informed understanding of the different meanings and ideas about culture, rights and diversity
Demonstrate insight into different educational approaches that promote cultural awareness amongst children and young people
Show an ability to reflect critically on cultural diversity through the lens of children's rights
Explain the importance of promoting awareness of diversity, rights and culture in children and young people
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Group presentation about the importance and meanings of culture in the context of the lives of children and young people; refer to an educational approach as a way of promoting awareness of culture and diversity.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures: 22 hours Interactive Lectures: 22 hours (11@2 hours weekly)
1hr seminars to follow on from fortnightly lectures
independent learning: reading and research, and preparation of tasks
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- 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.
- 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
- reflect upon a range of psychological sociological health historical and philosophical perspectives and consider how these underpin different understandings of babies and young children and childhood
- apply multiple perspectives to early childhood issues recognising that early childhood studies involves a range of research methods theories evidence and applications
- integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in early childhood studies and recognise distinctive early childhood studies approaches to relevant issues
- constructively critique theories practice and research in the area of child development
- demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the skills needed for different pedagogical approaches including: - the necessary depth and strength of relationships with individual children and children in groups and the facilitation of the building of relationships with and between children - the formation and promotion of mutually respectful relationships with families colleagues other professionals and communities
- critically explore examine and evaluate the significance of the cultural historical and contemporary features of various policies institutions and agencies in regard to babies young children and childhood