Ashadhi Kariyapperuma Athukoralage
Social Sciences (International Childhood)
The course modules cover children’s rights, childhood experiences and support to understand children’s lives from a different perspective.
My undergraduate degree was the turning point of my life. I studied BA (Hons) Primary Education at Edge Hill University. Edge Hill has an amazing team who have supported me in achieving academic and personal life barriers. The lectures and staff were lovely and willing to give the best support as possible.
I wanted to expand and broaden my knowledge by studying at postgraduate level. Ever since I become a primary teacher, it has always been my interest to understand how childhood is defined at different governance scales and how contemporary policies are often at variance with children’s lived experiences in different nations and cultures. So, I decided to apply for the MA Social Sciences (International Childhood) course.
The MA course consists of four compulsory modules and three other modules. The course modules cover children’s rights, childhood experiences and support to understand children’s lives from a different perspective. My favourite module was International Field Trip from which I have gained the opportunity to intensively study a particular society and culture through some of its current approaches to contemporary childhood or critical autism studies.
Studying for postgraduate and undergraduate degrees at Edge Hill University was exciting and adventurous. Both courses have allowed me to explore children’s educational, cultural, and geographical experiences through different modules. My undergraduate life involved teaching placements at different primary schools and courses works. The Postgraduate course consisted of new modules and an international field trip.
I aim to teach abroad as a primary school teacher. The experiences and knowledge that I have gained from the two degrees have advantaged me to get new perspectives on children’s rights and lived experiences.
When choosing your Master’s degree follow what you are passionate about. Think about the reason why you want to do this, explore and do research about the course and think about the career prospects.