Unit description

Focuses on students acquiring an understanding of historical and social constructions of childhood by examining a range of images, texts (written and spoken), and songs. Students will examine personal constructions of childhood, how they were constructed as children, and how constructions of childhood position early childhood professionals, parents and curriculum.

Unit content

  1. Childhood and child as a social construction
  2. Key constructs: Politics policies and process
  3. The historical construction of childhood part 1: the emergence of dominant and persistent constructs
  4. The historical construction of childhood part 2: geo-political influences on Euro-western culture
  5. Contemporary constructs of childhood and the child
  6. The production and reproduction of childhood
  7. Childhood, the child and the law
  8. Constructs of childhood and the child across multiple disciplines
  9. Constructions of childhood and the child in education
  10. Personal and cultural constructions of childhood and child: recognising tensions

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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