Module 2

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Module 2

Advocating for Children: National and International Contexts

Training aim

  • To critically examine issues in early childhood development and health from national and international perspectives, with particular emphasis on the role of practitioners in advocating for children and childhoods locally and internationally
  • To examine and reflect upon the way in which such issues impact on societies in the developed world
  • Reflect on the role of practitioners in advocating for children and childhoods locally and internationally

Main topics of study

  • Definitions: ‘developing’; North/South; Majority/Minority
  • Overview: population structures, economic issues
  • Patterns of mortality and morbidity
  • The health of the world’s children and inequalities in global health
  • Globalisation
  • Nutrition and agribusiness
  • How effective are immunisation programmes?
  • HIV and AIDS: the effects on childhood and child health
  • Perinatal care: the effects on child health
  • Childhood disability: the implications of intervention
  • Politics and conflict:  the effects of war on childhood and child health
  • The status of children
  • Cultural and socioeconomic influences
  • Child labour/child slavery