VKTS1019 Children and Childhood in Society (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Educational Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course focus is on diverse perspectives, concepts and methods in childhood studies. The focus ranges from children’s structural positions in society to agency and participation in institutions. Childhood is explored as relationally constructed within its cultural and historical context.

Completion methods

Participation in contact teaching and/or independent study, learning assignments and/or exam. Mode of completion to be specified in the Study Programme.

Assessment details

Active participation in teaching and completing and passing learning assignments/exam.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will have knowledge of
- the theoretical concepts related to children’s social worlds and childhood in society
- the variety of features related to childhood and the connections between them
- the relevance of children’s action and agency in the forming childhood
- the current research in the field and be able to apply it as part of his/her expertise in education

Study materials

ESSER, F., BAADER, M.S., BETZ, T. & HUNGERLAND, B. (eds.) 2016. Reconceptualising agency and childhood. New perspectives in Childhood Studies 2016. New York: Routledge. E-book.
QVORTRUP, J., CORSARO, W.A. & HONIG, M.-S. (eds.) 2009. The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. E-book.

Further reading to be announced.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
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