Short Title:Sociology of Childhood
Full Title:Sociology of Childhood
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SOCI H1003
 
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Zuzana Tesarova
Module Description:This sociology module introduces to the student to the sociology of childhood and examines key sociological perspectives as related to early childhood. This is a core subject of the course as it introduces students to the construction of childhood as a separate and distinct stage of the life course, with a focus on the ideological construction of children as dependent and in need of protection. This will be contrasted with a focus on the interpretive tradition through an exploration of the agency of children, with a particular focus on children’s experiences of early childhood care and education services and their engagement in play, leisure and technology activities. The student will examine the construction of social identities asking are children passive receptors of culture, or social agents, although less powerful than adults? A focus will be placed on the processes of socialisation, and four fundamental aspects of identity, class, culture, gender and ethnicity. Is childhood a period of universal natural development and socialisation or is it socially constructed? Are children passive receptors of culture, or social agents, albeit less powerful than adults? Are children increasingly segregated in time and space, in the family, daycare and school settings?
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify the principle elements of a number of theoretical perspectives and relate these to early childhood care and education settings.
LO2 Explain the historical construction of childhood as a distinct phase in the life course, and examine the changing definitions of childhood.
LO3 Outline the way in which modern societies conceptualise and organise childhood - understanding how childhood is continually contested and renegotiated within local, social and historical contexts
LO4 Discuss the construction of social identities with a focus on culture, gender, ethnicity, class and the socialisation process.
LO5 Describe children’s experiences of leisure and play activities and use of technology.
LO6 Explain the child as a social actor in the context of early childhood care and education services in Ireland.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment n/a 4,5 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 2 60.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Corsaro, W.A. 2014, The Sociology of Childhood, SAGE Publications [ISBN: 1483321231]
  • Wyness, M. 2011, Childhood and Society, Macmillan International Higher Education [ISBN: 1137295716]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Fulcher, J., Scott, J. 2011, Sociology, Oxford University Press [ISBN: 0199563756]
  • Kane, E.W. 2013, Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in Childhood, A&C Black [ISBN: 184706082X]
  • Murray, c., Urban, M. 2012, Diversity & Equality in Early Childhood, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 0717149943]
  • Cleary, A., Understanding Children: State, education and economy [ISBN: 186076228X]
  • Giddens, A. 2009, Sociology, Polity [ISBN: 0745643582]
  • Macionis, J.J., Plummer, K. 2008, Sociology, Pearson Education [ISBN: 0132051583]
  • O'Sullivan, S. 2007, Contemporary Ireland, Univ College Dublin Press [ISBN: 1904558879]
  • Mhathúna, M.M.,Taylor, M. 2012, Early Childhood Education and Care, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 071715324X]
  • McDonald, B. 2014, An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 0717156222]
  • Mayall, B. 2010, Towards a Sociology for Childhood thinking from children’s lives, Bell & Bain Ltd UK
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HCHCE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Care and Education 1 Mandatory