Master Of Social Science In Child And Family Studies

About the Programme

The course will explore in detail the history and development of the concept of child rights as, for example, enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Students will explore controversies in this globalised approach, including the contentious issue of child labour, by reading various accounts from legal studies, anthropology, sociology and psychology.

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants will be selected on the basis of all of the following:

  1. A good undergraduate Honours degree in an appropriate discipline in the social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work development studies, or another relevant discipline such as medicine, nursing and teaching)
  2. A proven foundation in basic research methods, either quantitative or qualitative, as demonstrated through academic study and/or experience. Students must submit a proposed outline of their intended research topic(s) and interests as part of their application
  3. At least one year’s postgraduate work experience in an appropriate setting. The University reserves the right to decide the appropriateness of a student’s required prior experience. Students wishing to focus on policy should be able to demonstrate working knowledge of policy design, implementation and evaluation. Students wishing to focus on child and family psychotherapy should be able to demonstrate previous, appropriately supervised clinical work such as that provided through Connect’s existing Certificate and Diploma programmes

Year 1 Semester 1

All students must take and pass the following core courses.

  1. HCF501 Critical Social Theory (3 Credit Hours)
  2. HCF202 Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  3. HCF503 Child and Family Development Theory (3 Credit Hours)
  4. HCF504 Psycho/Social Intervention: Theories, Policies and Outcomes. (3 Credit Hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

Core Courses

Track 1: Child and Family Policy Studies

  1. HFC505 Development Theories and Practices (3 Credit Hours)
  2. HFC506 Social Policy Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3 Credit Hours)

Track 2: Systemic Psychotherapy

  1. HCF507 Systemic Psychotherapy: Theories and Practices. (3 Credit Hours)
  2. HCF508 Research Methods in Psychotherapies. (3 Credit Hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

HCF515 Internship/Attachement (6 Credit Hours).

Year 2 Semester 2

HCF516 Dissertation (3 Credit Hours)

Career and Job Opportunities