• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
  • English
The Childhood programme is offered by The Open University UK.  


The programme is offered by The Open University UK.

What does it mean to be a child in today’s world? Do popular images of childhood match the reality of young people’s lives? How is childhood affected by poverty, ill-health and adversity? Do children have different rights from adults, and if so why? How are modern lifestyles and technologies changing children’s relationships and identities? What part do children play in shaping their childhood? Such questions are the starting point for this cross-disciplinary introduction to childhood and youth studies, covering the age range 0–18 and including audio-visual case studies from three contrasting parts of the world.

Modules count towards OU qualifications

OU qualifications are modular in structure; the credits from this undergraduate-level module could count towards a certificate of higher education, diploma of higher education, foundation degree or honours degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
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Programme Structure

What you will study

This broad-based module on the theme of childhood is:

  • Introductory – Childhood has a place in everyone's lives, but recent commentary suggests that childhood is in crisis. The idea of childhood as lost or in decline is one of the starting points for the module, which will be equally relevant whether you are a parent, work with children, or are simply interested in how children and young people are treated and understood.
  • Cross-disciplinary – This module introduces a range of perspectives on childhood, drawing on recent research and theories from sociology, anthropology, psychology, cultural studies, geography, social history, philosophy, social policy and children’s rights.
For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements


This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have the study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, obtained either through OU level 1 study with the OU, or by doing equivalent work at another university.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2864 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2864 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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