Equality and Diversity: Children, Families and Society (Module 19247)

This module will explore relationships between cultural identity, social policy and issues of equality and diversity in Britain and beyond.

It will explore popular and state responses, both national and local, to issues of equality, diversity and social justice and also examine patterns of inequality in selected areas of social policy and provision. The focus of the module will be on the British experience with international comparative data used to illuminate and critique domestic debates. Indicative content:    

  • Theories of equality
  • Patterns of inequality in relation to race and ethnicity; social class; gender; disability
  • Ethnographies of community and family life in multi-ethnic Britain
  • Children, families and education
  • Children, families and health
  • Interagency services


By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity in British society.
  • Relate social policy and practice to wider social, political and economic change.
  • Employ appropriate concepts and methodologies from the fields of sociology, social policy, history and cultural theory to explain and understand contemporary policies.
  • Demonstrate how diversity issues are addressed within the context of equal opportunities initiatives in social policy.
  • Read and understand selected academic prose.
  • Summarise and critique contemporary issues and debates in social policy for children and their families.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with others (e.g. class debates, group research, to present a seminar paper).
  • Engage in critical reflection on the learning process.

Module Lead

Dr Sian Roberts

Contact time

Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (20 hours), Guided independent study (160 hours)


20 credits


2,000 word essay (50%), 2 hour exam (50%)

Programmes associated with this module