The course offers a range of optional modules alongside specialist modules. These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research (20 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to research within the context of human development and to orientate you to higher education. You will be encouraged to debate, discuss and analyse the process of research and different research methodologies. You will also explore the concepts of knowledge and truth, and how these shape how we know and what we know about mind, body and the spirit.
Introduction to Psychological and Social Perspectives of Life Phases (20 credits)
The aims of the module are to introduce you to debates around lifelong human development from a psychological perspective. As such it will enable you to become familiar with theory and research related to lifelong development and well as the factors which may influence them.
Physical Development and Wellbeing (20 credits)
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of physical development throughout the lifespan, including the overall development of human beings, their evolution and elements of physical, sensory and biological development, health, wellbeing and the notion of disease. You will gain and understanding of development using the dimension of health and the interplay and relationships between the individual their environment, politics, economics, society and healthy lifestyles and disease.
Contemporary Spirituality (20 credits)
The aims of the module are to introduce you to debates around contemporary issues in spirituality. It will enable you to familiarise themselves with some of the latest research in the field from a variety of perspectives. You will be encouraged to examine the role spiritual assumptions and practices may play in their life.
Whose Morals are They Anyway (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce you to what and where morals come from, how we develop moral understanding and how this plays out in everyday life. You will explore right wrong justice and fairness among other societal norms and values connected to morals and morality. It will enable you to become familiar with theory, research and the factors which exert influence on moral codes.
Pedagogy Andragogy and Identity (20 credits)
The module aims to examine how children and adults are taught, learn, and the development of the individual within the widest contexts. You will examine how we cocreate, negotiate and interpret everyday worlds around us to understand human development and social beings. It will consider the multidimensional factors that affect learning and teaching. The module will draw on child development, social cultural psychology and other social sciences to study human in their complex physical and social worlds.
Responding to Refugees (20 credits),
This module examines the experience of those who have been forced to leave their home nations because of issues such as war, persecution and famine, with a particular focus on the education of children. This course provides knowledge and understanding to give you authentic, emotionally meaningful and practical insights into the application of humanitarian values in the most challenging of circumstances.
Exploring Research Methods, Methodologies and Implications for Practice (20 credits) - Small Research Project
The module aims to provide you with knowledge of conducting a theoretical small scale or desk-based research project with or about children, young people or adults. Appropriate research methods will be introduced in addition to methodological constructs and concepts and ethical considerations within social science research.
Applied cognitive, emotional, language and social development (20 credits)
The aims of the module are to introduce you to theories and evidence which attempt to explain how humans develop cognitive, emotional, language and social skills through life, with a focus on those factors which can promote or impede development in these areas.
Physical Activity, Development and Movement (20 credits)
This module will develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of physical activity and how physical movement is developed in young children from birth throughout the lifespan. You will be able to recognise the importance of supporting physical development and sensory exploration across the lifespan alongside gaining an understanding of the interrelationships between all developmental areas and will become familiar with a range of activities to promote purposeful physical activity and movement.
Critical Spirituality (20 credits)
This module will shift the focus from examples of contemporary spirituality to the way they – and religious experiences in general have been ‘framed,’ defined and criticised by academic and non-academic discourses in the last 100 years or so. The problematic discourse of spirituality in the academy with be highlighted, as well as the marginalised nature of spiritual practices in society.
You will choose from two modules. Likely modules include:
Contemporary issues in social politics (20 credits)
The module aims to develop an understanding of the relationships between political ideology, political practice and social legislation in the UK, European and International contexts. It aims to enable you to analyse recent and contemporary issues in social policies so you will be equipped to critically examine future policies, as well as considering the impact on society, families and community contexts.
Sustainability and the global village (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the phenomena ‘sustainability’ and ‘globalisation’. You will examine contrasting views about globalisation and gain insight into its positive and negative impacts. It will enable you to become familiar with theory and research related to globalisation and sustainability, and the factors which may influence them. Yous will be encouraged to take a critical perspective, evaluating the relative merits of theory and research.
Voluntary Action in Education (20 credits) (work-related experience may require a DBS check)
The module aims to provide an in-depth examination of the relationship between voluntary activity and education. It will enable you to explore two central themes of activity; the practical role of voluntary action in children's education and how voluntary activity helps us construct our ideas of momrality. As part of the teaching strategies, four third sector organisations will be used as case studies to help you transition from the theories to practical realities. There will also be opportunities for you to debate, present and reflect on your own knowledge and understanding.
Independent Study (20/40 credits)
This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to follow a reasonably sustained line of enquiry in an area of interest area related to human development and to produce a structured and relevant research project.
By undertaking this module, you are expected to develop a critical understanding of the body of knowledge and theoretical perspectives within the area of study. This will be undertaken by engaging in the research process, analysing and evaluating theories and concepts surrounding research and their own perspectives and those of others.
Research in Action: Social Action and Participation (20 credits) (work-related experience may require a DBS check)
The module will actively engage you in social action opportunities to address social inequalities and/or social needs to bring together the knowledge, skills and concepts you have been developing through the previous levels of the course. You will work in partnership with a community-based organisation and/or charity to research and investigate how to explore and address a community and/or social need related to your discipline. You will work collaboratively with a lead academic, your fellow students and, most importantly, members of the community, to evaluate and advocate individuals and/or community's voices within a specific area of need.
Therapeutic approaches to personal development (20 credits)
The aims of the module are to introduce you to therapeutic approaches to human development. As such it will draw on several theoretical traditions that are derived from clinical research as well as literature related to personal development.
Physical Activity Dilemmas (20 credits)
This module will examine and explore the current and contemporary issues of physical activity dilemmas, which for example, may include balancing personal freedom not to exercise, with costs of unfit populations. It will consider historical and potential future physical activity dilemmas that are foreseen. It will build on the knowledge and understanding you have delivered from both physical activity and wellbeing module (year 1) and physical activity and development of movement (year 2).
Spirituality, Imagination and the Landscape (20 credits)
This module will introduce you to several important contemporary discourses and practices which link spirituality and wellbeing with the mythic imagination and the arts, with an emphasis on landscape. The module aims to encourage a creative response, requiring you to undertake a project which will be presented to your peers.
You can choose one or two optional modules. Likely modules include:
Embodying Education (20 credits)
This module introduces you to a critical and embodied understanding of ‘knowledge’ in education. Through reflective workshops as well as embodied practices (e.g. mindfulness relaxation, yoga, martial arts and cross-curricular teaching practices) the module explores the philosophical and sociological theories of knowledge and how particular ‘rational’ forms of knowledge have taken dominance in educational settings.
Reflective on Ethics and Morals: Whose ‘right’ is it anyway? (20 credits)
This module aims to support your critical engagement with the development and variety of human ethics and morals. You will critically reflect on, and develop, your knowledge and understanding of approaches to morals and ethics which are embedded within a framework principally concerned with understanding the origins and implications of moral and ethical standpoints.
We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.
Global Perspectives on Health
This module is designed to give you critical understanding of global health issues and global health initiatives on an international and global stage. You will examine the importance and progress in reaching and evaluating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. You will consider contemporary health issues across the globe and explore the role of public health, health promotion and protection systems policies and interventions. You will explore the role of non-government and government-organised organisations and agencies and how accountability, funding and research might support development of human society in future.