The primary aim of this module is to explore the sociological concepts of family, and its dynamic influence on practical issues that educators and community service providers often face. The emphasis is on how the subsystems under the concept of “family” operate in reciprocal ways, and how they afford opportunities for and place constraints on the development of children and youth of different ages. This module will focus on both Chinese and British society, and particular attention will be paid to how cultural and social background impact the function of family in childhood/family education.
A Identify the influences of family and society on children and young people B Develop the professional understanding of different family subsystems (e.g. marital, parent-child, sibling) as contexts where children and adolescents learn skills and develop competencies C Analyse critically on the role of family under Chinese and British formal and informal education system D Evaluate the way in which the role of family can be influenced by the micro and macro factors with different sociocultural background
The teaching sessions are interactive and divided into two components: lectures and tutorials/workshops. The tutorials/workshops will build on the materials covered in the lectures.