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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Explain how a sociological approach can enhance the knowledge and skills of early childhood and primary teachers and professionalsIntellectual rigour
2Analyse the changing nature of both childhood and education in contemporary society, having regard to issues related to gender, ethnicity. Aboriginality, social class, family influences, peer culture and the attainment of social justiceEthical practiceCultural competence
3Reflect critically on a range of social and cultural issues affecting children and their learningEthical practiceCultural competence
4Identify organisations and services in the community that assist children and families in addressing some of these issuesEthical practiceCultural competence
5Investigate in depth a contemporary issue affecting children and identify how teachers, early childhood professionals, early childhood services and schools can respond effectivelyEthical practiceCultural competence

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

  1. Explain how a sociological approach can enhance the knowledge and skills of early childhood and primary teachers and professionals
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. Analyse the changing nature of both childhood and education in contemporary society, having regard to issues related to gender, ethnicity. Aboriginality, social class, family influences, peer culture and the attainment of social justice
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. Reflect critically on a range of social and cultural issues affecting children and their learning
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. Identify organisations and services in the community that assist children and families in addressing some of these issues
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. Investigate in depth a contemporary issue affecting children and identify how teachers, early childhood professionals, early childhood services and schools can respond effectively
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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

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