Taught course

Children, Youth and International Development

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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 fieldtrip, 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.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700