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EQ105-15 Social Contexts of Childhood and Education

Department Education Studies

Level Undergraduate Level 1

Module leader Mark Pulsford

Credit value 15

Module duration 10 weeks

Assessment 100% coursework

Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry


This module discusses the ways in which childhood, education and schooling are interconnected and perceived. Throughout the module you will explore a number of arenas through which children are nurtured, protected and socialised, including family, peer group and the virtual world of the mass media and digital technology, considering historical and contemporary developments. Students will also consider the impact of class, poverty, gender and ethnicity on education and childhood.

Principal Module Aims and Outcomes
  • To examine the range of contexts within which education takes place.
  • To explore the relationship between children, childhood and schooling.
  • To advance students knowledge of children's engagement with education.
  • To understand the role of social contexts in shaping differential school based outcomes.
  • This module will focus on the social and cultural aspects of education, with a particular focus on the relationship between children, childhood and schooling. There is an important historical dimension to this with the rise of school systems in many affluent countries both paralleling and implicated in the shaping of modern childhood.
  • A second general theme explores the relationship between children, their families and education. A number of significant social dimensions to children’s education will be examined, the relationship between poverty and schooling, the gender gap in education, the role of social class in shaping children’s educational life chances and peer relations in school.
  • Thirdly, the cultural dimension to schooling is significant in terms of the attitudes, expectations and practices relating to education at national and global levels.
Study time
Type Required
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Seminars 20 sessions of 1 hour (13%)
Tutorials (0%)
Private study 90 hours (60%)
Assessment 30 hours (20%)
Total 150 hours
  Weighting Study Time
Poster and Annotated Bibliography 100% 30 hours

Throughout the module, students will build up an annotated bibliography (summaries of key research papers/chapters) with support from the module tutor. This document will be completed and used by students to inform the production of an 800-word academic poster on a topic derived from the module's themes. The annotated bibliography must be submitted by students but the poster is the only summatively assessed element. Students will describe and discuss their posters with peers in the final seminar of term.