Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Requires students to think sociologically about childhood and education. It takes a particular interest in the diverse social and cultural contexts in which children live their lives and explores the implications for teachers and carers working in early childhood and primary school settings. Emphasis is placed on issues related to equity, disadvantage and diversity. Requires students to develop skills in investigating and reporting in depth on contemporary issues affecting children, families, schools and communities.

Unit content

The following is a set of topics that will be covered in this unit:

- Frameworks for thinking critically about children, schools, family, society and culture.

- Children, education and social justice

- Gender, schools and early childhood services

- Ethnicity and education and care

- Aboriginality and education and care

- Social class and education and care

- Family issues, schools and early childhood services

- Children's welfare and resilience

- Curriculum, pedagogy and the UN Convention on the rights of the Child

- Developing the transformative teacher and/or early childhood professional.

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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