MODULE 2b ASSIGNMENT BRIEF
The overall aim of this assignment is to describe and critically reflect on the ways that psy-perspectives and theories inform and intersect with development.
The assignment is a 4000-word essay that compares, contrasts and critiques two texts* that show how psy-perspectives and theories inform and intersect with development.
Deadline is February 16th 2021 at noon.
*’Texts’ are understood very broadly here, and might include: academic papers, child sponsorship or charity appeals; an advert for a medication prescribed for a mental health problem; the packaging of a toy aimed at children; a campaign; a piece of childcare advice literature;, a political speech or policy; a diagnostic check-list for a mental health problems or developmental milestone; an advert, clip from a film or a TV show, etc. There will be time within the seminars and lecture 4 to discuss your choice of texts, and you are welcome to use a ‘text’ in any language, as long as you translate it.
Lecture 4 and the seminars will give you the opportunity to talk to your peers and elicit feedback about your choice of ‘texts’. You are also encouraged to speak to others outside of the sessions, such as your tutor, and get as much feedback as you can. These two ‘text’ can be anything that you feel represents some of the ideas, controversies, and issues that we have discussed on the module so far (or other issues that you personally would like to write about in your assignment).
During Lecture 4, you will have some time (around 10 mins) to talk to one or two of your peers about your choice of texts. You should come ready to this session able to discuss:
We will use the discussion board to further share feedback on this and develop your ideas.
This assignment can be structured however you wish and should include the images/ texts you are analysing (if these are available online, for example from YouTube, then please include a link to access them). If you are analysing a film or longer text, then choose a short section of this, and briefly describe it in the essay (you may also want to include a few screen captures).
When comparing and contrasting you are advised to choose two texts that are very different from one another, for example, texts from different cultures or countries, or texts that produce very different understandings of childhood, development, and/or of wellbeing.
When planning your assignment, you should consider the following (which might also help you to structure your assignment):
Topics you could consider include (but are not limited to):
Psychological perspective you might consider include:
Best of luck with the assignment.
There will be plenty of time during the lectures to discuss the assignment, your choice of texts, and to practice giving and receiving peer feedback. There will also be an opportunity to look at and discuss previous student essays.
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