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Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education MSc

Course code

L610PANTHCYE

Start date

September

No placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 or 2.5 years part-time

Fees

2019/20:

UK / EU:  £8,000

International:  £15,400

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education MSc was the first degree of its kind to be established and is still unique in its deep anthropological exploration on what it is to be a child or to be young.

As part of the course, you will look at historic perceptions of childhood in the West to the development of European rights of protection, compared to experiences of childhood in other parts of the world, like the street children of Brazil.

In a module on learning and education you will compare physical development stages, including how learning is acquired and universal patterns of play, to the range of ways children are prepared or educated to fit cultural expectations.

The course’s key organising principle is that understanding children requires the study of how their relations with others – peers, older and younger children, parents, teachers and other adults – inform their practices, identities and world views.

The course addresses the following issues from an anthropological perspective:-

  • Do children of ‘different cultures’ live ‘different worlds’?
  • How does education impact upon children’s worlds and upon social and cultural practices more broadly?
  • How do the everyday processes of learning – both formal and informal – help to shape children’s ideas of and engagement with society at large?
  • What is the role of schools in the transmission and acquisition of cultural values to children and youth?
  • Why are adults’ ideas about childhood and youth so important for what children learn and aspire to become?

The distinctiveness of this degree derives from an anthropological approach that focuses on the importance of children’s and youth’s perspectives, on the role that education (formal and informal) plays in children’s learning processes, and in the transmission and acquisition of cultural knowledge.

Anthropology at Brunel is well-known for its focus on ethnographic fieldwork. As well as undertaking rigorous intellectual training, you will be expected to get out of the library and undertake your own, original research – whether in the UK or overseas – and to present your findings in a dissertation.

In recent years, Brunel students have undertaken fieldwork in locations across the world, including India, Mexico, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, China, Nepal, Peru, Morocco, and New Zealand as well as within the UK and the rest of Europe.

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Course content

You will study a set of modules focussing on childhood, youth and education alongside foundational modules in social and cultural anthropology and on conducting anthropological research.  

In your second term you have a choice of options from anthropology as well as from related disciplines such as globalisation and development.

You will also have the opportunity to conduct your own dissertation fieldwork anywhere in the world according to your anthropological interests.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

Please see programme specification for the specific optional module combination choices that are available.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

In addition to providing a firm grounding for doctoral research on childhood and youth, this degree will enhance your professional development in many fields, including teaching, social work, counselling, educational and child psychology, health visiting, nursing and midwifery, paediatric specialisms, non-governmental agencies and international development.

As you journey through the course, you will also develop a valuable set of analytical and research skills that can be used in a wide range of careers.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. 
  • Applicants with other degrees along with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants may be interviewed (either in person or by telephone) if entry criteria are not met.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£8,000 full-time

£4,500 part-time

International

£15,400 full-time

£8,662 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials as well as through your own reading. You will also be encouraged to attend the department’s calendar of lunchtime research meetings where guest speakers share insight from their own research and experience.

Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education is taught by a team of Brunel experts who have worked in many countries across the globe, including South, West and East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka, as well as Britain.

Find out more about their particular research interests by following the links:

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment is typically by essay or practical assignments (for example, analysis of a short field exercise), and a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words based upon your own fieldwork experience. There are no examinations.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.