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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Children and Childhood in the Western World
Module Code HY346
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marnie Hay
Semester 2: Marnie Hay
Autumn: Marnie Hay
Module TeachersMarnie Hay
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Students may resit the research essay and final reflection. They cannot resit seminar preparation, attendance and participation.

Children and Childhood in the Western World provides an introductory historical survey of the lives of children in Europe and North America from the classical to the modern ages.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the key issues and themes related to the histories of children and childhood in the western world.
2. Identify and assess different historiographical approaches to and interpretations of the histories of children and childhood.
3. Interrogate different types of primary source documents for the study of the histories of children and childhood.
4. Present a reasoned argument based on historical evidence both orally and in writing.
5. Pursue independent, self-directed study at a level appropriate for a third-year undergraduate student of history.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study228Assigned readings, independent research & preparation of written assignments
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative content and learning activities
This module provides an introductory historical survey of the lives of children in Europe and North America from the classical to the modern ages. It explores the relationship between ideas about childhood and the experience of being a child in order to uncover patterns of change in the experience of childhood, taking into consideration such factors as geographic location, social class and gender as well as wider economic, social and political developments in western society. It concentrates on three key themes: ideas of childhood; adult-child relations; and the roles of families, philanthropists and states in connection to childhood. Students will attend lectures, contribute to seminar discussions, and complete assigned readings and written assignments.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationSeminar preparation, attendance and participation20%As required
EssayResearch Essay: 3,000 words60%As required
AssignmentFinal Reflection: 1,000 words20%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Colin Heywood: 0, A history of childhood, Oxford, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2018,
  • Hugh Cunningham: 0, Children and childhood in western society since 1500, London, 1995, 2005, 2021,
  • Colin Heywood: 0, Childhood in modern Europe, Cambridge, 2018,
  • Paula S. Fass (ed.): 0, The Routledge history of childhood in the western world, London & New York, 2013,
Other Resources

59686, Online, 0, Additional articles, book chapters, and primary source documents will be made available on the module’s Loop site,
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