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Minor Challenging Youth

Code: MIPA15/30


How do the social, specifically pedagogical sciences contribute to understanding issues related to education and upbringing? This English-taught Minor program presents students with topic surrounding youth and education, thereby focusing on themes that might be understood as challenges in one way or other: We discuss how violence in families and juvenile delinquency impact on development; study the roles of gender, sexuality, and diversity in education, and explore how the images of children and young people changed during history. In lectures, seminars, and project groups students broaden their knowledge on youth and develop a critical approach to understanding youth-related themes and debates.

Students can opt for a minor of 15 ECTS or 30 ECTS. One 15 ECTS minor is taught in semester 1a, and one 15 ECTS minor is taught in semester 1b. The 30 ECTS minor comprises the entire first semester (1a+1b). Alternatively, students can sign up for individual courses (with the exception of "Paper", which should be taken in combination with "Gender, Diversity, and Sexuality".


Vaknaam (Progress) code ECTS Verplicht/Keuze Periode
Educational Ambitions and Child Images in History PAMIN10 5 keuze semester I a
Issues in Child-rearing and Challenging Behaviour PAMIN12 10 keuze semester I a
Paper PAMIN02 5 keuze semester I b
Gender, Sexuality and Diversity in Education PAMIN11 10 keuze semester I b

Educational Ambitions and Child Images in History


Ideas on the education of children and youth are not only to be found in books on education or in schools and institutions concerned with the upbringing of children. Ideas on education can be seen everywhere, for example on paintings and in children’s books. Moreover, they tend to travel. Ideas on education cross borders, are adopted by other countries and cultures, and often also adapted. This course offers an international approach of the history of education, focusing on the transmission and representation of educational ambitions and child images.

Issues in Child-rearing and Challenging Behaviour

ECTS: 10

Core theme of this course is child atypical development (resulting in challenging behaviour), and the impact of child-rearing practices on this behaviour. First, child atypical development and challenging behaviour will be discussed from a complex dynamic systems perspective. Second, different developmental challenges are outlined, including child developmental disorders, but also environmental risk factors such as violence and abuse. We will discuss a definition of these challenges, and prevalence/incidence rates. We will also focus on different types of research methodology to study these challenges, risk and protective factors, developmental pathways, and consequences. Lastly, we will focus on policy, that is, intervention and prevention strategies.



The students will choose a children's book representing problem behavior among children or youth. The students will analyze the book and problem behavior in it, applying a theory on criminal behavior, intercultural relations, gender or diversity. At the end of the course, the students present their results in groups.

Gender, Sexuality and Diversity in Education

ECTS: 10

Ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and social class are examples of social categories of diversity. In this course, we will study meanings of these social categories in relation to access to education, academic success, processes of in- and exclusion. These processes have a profound impact on young people and shape their futures. Moreover, processes surrounding diversity impact the professional practice of educators. Ttheoretical, sociological, and pedagogical perspectives on diversity will be discussed with respect to educational settings including family, school, and university. Several researchers, each with their own specific expertise on the topic, will present different perspectives in lectures. Seminars serve to consolidate and apply new information, and aim to equip students with knowledge and skills to critically contribute to discussions surrounding diversity in education.
Laatst gewijzigd:03 augustus 2018 12:51