Unit description

Builds knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues facing children, families and communities, fostering attitudes of compassion and engagement in ECEC. This unit is concerned with the complexity, diversity and changing nature of contemporary childhood and families within the community. The influence of historical, social, political, economic and socio-economic factors will be considered as an influence upon children’s everyday lives.

Unit content

Topic 1: Issues impacting children, families and communities
Topic 2: Historical, social, political, economic and socio-economic factors influencing children and families
Topic 3: Government policy responses to dynamic, family and community contexts.
Topic 4: Diverse backgrounds and characteristics of children and the provision of high quality, well-functioning, socially-just early childhood services.

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Bowes, J, Grace, R & Hodge, K, 2012, Children, families and communities, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780955740.
  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2009, Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework, 1st edn, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (10 weeks)
Reflective writing40%
Critical review60%

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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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