Children, Youth and International Development (MSc)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to June

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. 

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 Librarythe 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. 

Course structure

The programme comprises of three core modules, one option module and a dissertation. Part-time students take their option module and the core research module in Year 2.

Option modules can be taken in international development studies, law and youth studies. Relevant option modules may also be taken from those offered within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, with the agreement of the programme director.

Dissertation research in a relevant field is agreed with the programme director.

Classes in Research Methods for Dissertation are taught with students from the MSc International Development, which gives you the opportunity for academic exchange with students working in the development sector.

Module groups