Subject

Childhood studies

Discover what shapes children's behaviour and their sense of identity

Childhood studies

You appreciate the many challenges children face in modern day society.

You want to make a difference to children’s early experiences. At Essex we will lay the foundations for your career working with infants and children, whether in education, health care or children’s services. The inter-disciplinary approach we take combines psychology, sociology and psychoanalysis to create a vibrant, rounded knowledge base.

Why study here?
  • Our staff bring clinical expertise to their teaching, including direct experience of working with children in residential care and mental health settings 
  • You explore childhood studies with a unique psychodynamic and psychoanalytic perspective.
  • You’ll be taught by lecturers who bring both academic and practical knowledge from years of working with children.
"This course offers a solid academic understanding of childhood from a range of perspectives.  You gain a placement experience in each year, knowledge of contemporary issues like ADHD, ASD and trauma, and you benefit from our distinct psychosocial and psychodynamic approach giving you real insight into the inner world of the child and the skills you need to work with them. You’ll be taught by lecturers who bring both academic and practical knowledge and experience from years of working with children."
Dr Chris Nicholson  Course Director for Childhood Studies
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