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MA Childhood Studies is based on an informed and critical approach to the academic study of childhood and youth and is intended to reflect both the desires and ambitions of postgraduate students and the philosophical traditions and current developments in the social studies of childhood and youth. Read more
MA Childhood Studies is based on an informed and critical approach to the academic study of childhood and youth and is intended to reflect both the desires and ambitions of postgraduate students and the philosophical traditions and current developments in the social studies of childhood and youth.

This taught Masters course has been developed for postgraduate students or senior professionals interested in specialised or advanced study of childhood and youth. It will, therefore, be of particular interest to those wishing to be or already employed in the children and young people’s workforce. In line with recent international developments in social studies of childhood and youth, the MA Childhood Studies is transdisciplinary in approach but has a strong emphasis on perspectives drawn from sociology, social policy, geography, anthropology and history. The course is informed by the United Nations Rights of the Child (UNCRC) framework and draws on current methodological standpoints in childhood and youth research that emphasis participation. It is committed to adopting a ‘child/young person - centred’ philosophy throughout, and reflects the principles of protecting the rights and interests of children and young people and the increasing importance of participation. The changing conditions of childhood and youth and the ways in which children and young people themselves experience and understand their everyday lives is emphasised.

The aims of the MA (including PG Dip/PG Cert) Childhood Studies are:

• To offer an innovative, dynamic and flexible programme that critically considers developments in the academic study of childhood and the changing contexts of childhood and youth in a globalised world.
• To critically explore the cultural and social constructions of childhood and youth and the implications that they have had and continue to have on children and young people’s everyday lives.
• To advance students’ knowledge of the complexity of understanding the relationship between children’s rights, the ideologies and responsibilities for welfare and the lived realities of children’s and young people’s diverse experiences.
• To provide a robust theoretical framework for students to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of childhood and youth studies and to cultivate a critical and analytical approach to contemporary methodological advances in childhood research.
• To develop in students a range of intellectual skills reflecting both the ethos of lifelong learning and the rigour required at M level, a high level of student autonomy and self-direction in order to facilitate the student to demonstrate initiative, originality alongside integrity and ethical judgement in their advanced scholarship and to become influential and effective specialists in the field of childhood and youth studies.

The MA Childhood Studies course is delivered on a flexible, blended learning basis using both traditionally taught elements of the course with lectures, seminars and tutorials during study days, weekend learning programmes and a research summer school and through new media technologies and the online learning environment. Combined, these provide an effective and dynamic space for engaging students and effectively promoting student learning through a knowledge sharing philosophy.

The course team have a commitment to high quality teaching and they incorporate a wide variety of technological tools and learning and teaching techniques to form a collaborative space that enables a seamless transition between classroom based and online learning. Tutors are able to monitor understanding and clarify and expand on points quickly and efficiently to support student learning. Using audio and video, online lectures, links to key reading and relevant web based materials these methods of technology enhanced learning are part of a blended learning programme. whilst some modules can be studied by students at a time and pace that best suits them, other modules have a more structured approach in their design and students access the course content on a week by week basis. All modules are designed to offer students a shared learning experience with other students and module tutors. They involve discussion boards and blogs and more interactive learning tools and techniques as well as the self-study materials, downloadable documents, email, eportfolio||, podcasts and vodcasts found throughout the course.

Students will require access to Broadband either at home, in their workplace or in a public library and standard PC or MAC technology. Ipods/Mp3 players would be helpful to also facilitate mobile learning for students to download and listen to podcasts.

The course uses a range of different assessment strategies, which could include: essays and reports; critical reviews and commentaries; analytical exercises; individual or group presentations; a project-based or work-experience report; a dissertation; computer-based assessments and informed discussion and debate via module Blogs.

Most modules run along the UCS based semester September to June but the actual arrangement of the taught content of the modules varies. Some modules can be accessed and studied on a more flexible, independent basis than others allowing greater autonomy in student learning whilst other modules follow a more structured approach and provide a more formalised approach to learning with study days, weekend workshop or a summer school. All modules fulfil UCS requirements in providing the necessary hours of study for students to succeed and obtain credits and masters level. A full-time student is expected to study 3 modules in one year, giving 120 credits and undertake a 60 credit research dissertation. A part-time student will take either 40, 60 or 80 credits per year as taught modules and finally the 60 credit research dissertation.

Students can expect to have to study between four to five hours per module each week and to spend at least an equivalent amount of time per week in additional reading and set learning activities and preparing for assignments. Students will be provided with timetables and learning schedules when they join the course. Personal tutorial advice is a key feature of the course and the course team offer students support either on a face-to-face basis, via telephone or personalised blog.

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The MA Fine Art , provided by the School of Arts and Humanities at University of Suffolk, is a unique full or part time programme for art and design practitioners across a range of disciplines working or planning to work in arts oriented professional fields. Read more
The MA Fine Art , provided by the School of Arts and Humanities at University of Suffolk, is a unique full or part time programme for art and design practitioners across a range of disciplines working or planning to work in arts oriented professional fields.

This is a practice-based programme promoting a student-centred experience, with the emphases of the course changing year on year in response to the different profiles of its cohorts, but always maintaining a focus on the three interrelated principles of skills, concepts and contexts. The course recognises that the role of the student and the creative practitioner is constantly evolving and that educational experience and creative practice necessarily confront interests which do not necessarily coincide. Debate, discourse and intellectual argument will be provoked and encouraged, bringing to the fore some of the inevitable conflicts which arise through differences of values, beliefs and ways of working and learning.

The MA Fine Art is designed to enable students’ career development, supporting their pursuit of a variety of professional arts by means of self-employment or employment in relevant arts, design and /or educational contexts. This may mean working as organisers, promoters, facilitators, formal or informal educators and teachers, enablers, entrepreneurs, community arts workers, administrators, curators, project managers and/or researchers in arts-oriented organisations.

A firm belief in the potential of all students to prosper and to take charge of their learning journey in an environment of support, inspiration, challenge and respect underpins the course ethos.

Content and Modules

Research Methods
Concepts and Contexts in Practice
Professional Development
Independent Practice
Dissertation/ Exhibition Research Project

The course is constructed to allow students to undertake each of the three levels individually, or to make up the full Masters award. This arrangement is particularly suited to those in employment who prefer to remain flexible in modes and level of commitment to postgraduate study.

Modules at Certificate Level

At Certificate Level students are required to take two modules:

Research Methods (20 credits)

Concepts and Contexts in Practice (40 credits)
Modules at Diploma Level

At Diploma level students are required to take two modules:

Professional Development (20 credits)
Independent Practice (40 credits)

Modules at Masters Level

Modules at Masters Level students engage in a Dissertation/Exhibition Research Project (60 credits), constituting a major piece of investigative work

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University of Suffolk Department of Health Sciences
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The vision within health and social care is to have practitioners who are able to approach the new decade with well founded professional beliefs, confidence, political awareness and preparedness to meet the challenge of shifting user expectations, diminution of traditional roles and commitment to different ways of working. Read more
The vision within health and social care is to have practitioners who are able to approach the new decade with well founded professional beliefs, confidence, political awareness and preparedness to meet the challenge of shifting user expectations, diminution of traditional roles and commitment to different ways of working. Consequently, it is recognised that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education will not be suitable to many practitioners, therefore this MA programme emphasises flexibility, and maximises choice, so that learning opportunities meet the needs of your developing role.

The MA Health and Social Care Studies programme structure is designed to facilitate three climb out awards, specifically these are the Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Award. These pathways enable students to engage with a flexible pathway to suit their own learning needs. The programme will attract a range of health and social care professionals and promotes a culture of shared learning. Such opportunities have the potential to enrich the learning experience by supporting the development of critical thinking, creativity and can nurture an entrepreneurial approach to health and social care delivery. Although many of the learning and teaching opportunities will be shared with level six students, there will be opportunities available for Post Graduate students to extend their academic ability through seminars, tutorials and critical debates with their peer group.

Content and Modules

The MA Health and Social Care Practice is underpinned by a philosophy of flexibility to enable students to have greater autonomy in their learning. There are, of course, mandatory modules that you will be required to complete however where there is the opportunity to select an optional module you may be able to make a personal selection or seek advice from one of our professional advisers who will guide you through modules that are specific to specialist areas of health and social care.
Modules studied

All awards with the MA Programme will require completion of the 40 credit module “Delivery of Heath and Social Care Practice”. This module is delivered over two semesters.
The 20 credit “Research Module” is mandatory for all students progressing beyond the Post Graduate Certificate.
The 60 credit “Dissertation” is mandatory for all students wishing to complete the MA award and is delivered over two semesters.

Optional Modules
Students are encouraged to be forward thinking and to engage in learning opportunities to maximise their personal and professional potential. Therefore although there are modules which are focused on specialist areas of health and social care such as children’s nursing and midwifery practice, many of the modules can be chosen by practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds.

Modules can be identified from the Continuing Professional Development calendar of modules available on the university website. However, students may also be able to select modules offered within other MA/MSc programmes delivered at UCS with the prior agreement of the programme leaders.
The range of optional modules and will depend of their availability each academic year. Possible modules include, but are not limited to…
• Antenatal and Newborn Screening
• Counselling Skills
• Dementia Care
• Managing Suicide and Self Harm
• Minor Illness
• Supporting Practice Learning (Mentoring

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