Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Children, Youth and International Development

This specialist Master's degree is one of the very few in the UK that focuses on childhood and youth studies within their international context. You will explore how childhood and the experience of being a child are defined and experienced in different times, places and cultures. You will develop a sociological understanding of how childhood is constructed differently across cultures and we will also look at how childhood is influenced and shaped by wider changes within societies. The course focuses on children, childhood and youth in an international context, so you will consider how global forces, including society and economy, international development and war, shape the experiences of children and young people worldwide. You will also explore other factors that shape childhood, including class, gender and ethnicity. By the end of the course, you will have an advanced understanding of how the complex interaction of the global and the local shape the experience of childhood. You can choose from a range of option modules in human geography, international development and sociology. One of our option modules is an international field trip, which will deepen your understanding of globalisation, cultural change, urbanisation and economic development, while also developing your research skills in the field. This course will be of interest to anyone working, or intending to work, with children in service provision, in social policy or in international development, particularly in culturally diverse settings, or anyone who has an interest in cultures of childhood. You will study in an environment of active research, taught by world-leading scholars in the field, and you will develop the skills you need to design and produce high-quality, independent research. **HIGHLIGHTS** - This specialist Master's degree will give you a deep understanding of how childhood is understood and experienced in different global contexts. - Our location in Bloomsbury, central London gives you easy access to a wide range of research resources, including the Birkbeck Library, the LSE Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE), the Royal Geographical Society and Senate House Library (University of London). - The Department of Geography has contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions, which can lead to important networking opportunities. - Our academic staff are experts in their respective fields, publishing and teaching in a wide range of topics. The programme director is the author of Childhood in a Global Perspective (Polity, 2009) and many other publications on global childhoods. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

Entry requirements

MSc: Good degree (2:2 or above) in social sciences or humanities. Previous experience or study of international development issues and/or childhood studies may be an advantage. Two references: preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Most assessment is by coursework, including critical annotated bibliographies and essays.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Telephone number: 
02030738000