This free course, Young lives: is now a good time to be young?, looks at young lives in the
UK today, asking the question is this a good time to be young? It focuses on some of the factors that influence the
divergent lives and complex experiences of children and young people today, taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the lives of children and young people. It focuses
on some of the key issues in young lives such as continuing inequality and why some children and young people are more the focus of policy and intervention than others. It is written for both people working with, or intending to work with, children and young people and for those who have a more general interest in issues and debates related to children and young people.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
demonstrate greater specialist knowledge and understanding of children's and young people's lives
be developing a greater understanding of the social, historical, political, geographical, cultural and philosophical influences on young people's lives
draw on contemporary relevant knowledge of how issues such as age, geography and class affect children and young people.
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