Clinical Psychology

Social Inequality and Child Adolescent Mental Health

The course will examine research on the impact of social inequality on children and young people and the recent policy direction aimed at tackling the problem.

Course dates Semester 1 (September to December)
Course credits 20
Course delivery Online
Academic co-ordinator Charles Marley

Course description

By focusing on the ecology of childhood and how the child is part of a number of interconnected systems (including the family, social networks, schools, and the wider community), the course will consider how inequality can impact on children's well-being. It will also reflect on how inequality in one domain can interact with those in another to compound the disadvantage of individual children, young people and families.

Intended learning outcome

  • To demonstrate a critical understanding of research into the impact of social inequality on child well-being and appraisal of the current policy direction surrounding social inequality.
  • To develop an understanding of the challenges of the connections and interactions between various inequalities and the influences these can have on the lives of children, young people, and families.
  • To develop a critical appreciation of the ecology of child development and familiarity with the emerging concept of ecological practice.

Course delivery and assessment

This course is delivered entirely online and will run in semester 1 (September to December).