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Not offered in 2020

Unit description

Provides an understanding of childhood in its historical context and explores theoretical perspectives influencing conceptualisations of children and childhood, including the way these have changed over time and continue to vary between different social and cultural groups. Discusses ways in which these conceptions influence policy, practice and decision making by parents, professionals, government and the public are explored via case-studies drawn from contexts including education, family, social welfare, law, health, commerce, media and popular culture.

Unit content

1. Frameworks for describing and analysing children and childhood

  • Psychological, anthropological and sociological theories about childhood
  • Introduction to the social construction of childhood and the changing conceptions of children over time
  • Critically reflecting on your personal construction of childhood

2. Historical constructions of childhood

  • Western historical images
  • Indigenous historical images
  • The influence of the historical on the contemporary

3. Contemporary constructions of childhood

  • Contemporary images of childhood
  • Images of difference
  • Contemporary contexts (e.g. education, family, social welfare, law, media and popular culture, commerce)

4. Implications for professional practice with children

  • Recognising the varied childhoods experienced by children in the minority and majority worlds
  • Working ethically with children and young people
  • Facilitating children's agency and participation respectfully
  • Applying theoretical principles to best practice.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1critically evaluate several theoretical perspectives influencing the conceptualisation of children and childhood both historically and currently, and the social and cultural influences on these
2discuss the socially constructed nature of childhood and critically reflect on their personal construction of childhood
3evaluate how the assumptions and principles underpinning different theoretical approaches impact on current understandings about children and youth, and our contemporary approaches to practice and policy in such contexts as education, family, social welfare, law, health, commerce, media and popular culture
4explain how conceptual understandings can inform professional practice with children and their families, including how to work ethically with children and young people and to facilitate their agency and participation.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically evaluate several theoretical perspectives influencing the conceptualisation of children and childhood both historically and currently, and the social and cultural influences on these
  2. discuss the socially constructed nature of childhood and critically reflect on their personal construction of childhood
  3. evaluate how the assumptions and principles underpinning different theoretical approaches impact on current understandings about children and youth, and our contemporary approaches to practice and policy in such contexts as education, family, social welfare, law, health, commerce, media and popular culture
  4. explain how conceptual understandings can inform professional practice with children and their families, including how to work ethically with children and young people and to facilitate their agency and participation.

Teaching and assessment

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