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Master of Arts in Childhood Studies


General information

Course code: 0017 + Course fees: Local students -- HECS; international students -- $13,500 + Coordinator: Thea Brown (Social Work) + This course may not be offered in 2002 -- students should contact the course coordinator for further information
This course is a unique development which is responding to the changes for children. It aims to bring together disciplines across the university to present units, ranging from reflective studies to action studies, covering the plurality and difference of children and childhood. The course is intended to prepare and support those in the newly emerging professions in the specialist services for children, such as educational, community, medical, legal and other services, that have emerged in the post-war era, especially since Australia became a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The course aims for a broad cross-disciplinary approach, reflecting the need for cross-disciplinary cooperation in dealing with children, either directly or in policy, program and management tasks.

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have an honours degree or masters qualifying, with a grade of H2B or above, or a graduate or postgraduate diploma, with a credit average or above. Applicants with a bachelors degree in a relevant discipline with credit grades in the third part of the major or in the last part of the degree plus a minimum of three years work experience at senior level may also apply. Such relevant experience would include work in children's services, educational, social and community services, and health, legal and other related services. Evidence of relevant work experience, two references related to that experience, a full curriculum vitae, and a statement of up to 1000 words indicating the applicant's career objectives and reasons for applying to the course must accompany the candidate's application.
The course may be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis. The course is normally completed in one year full-time or two years part-time. Students are required to satisfactorily complete four 12-point units from the following list.

Course structure

  • ALM5270 Literacy
  • ALM5290 Child language acquisition
  • EDN8037 Social and political context of early childhood
  • ENM5210 Writing the child
  • MAH5000 Children and society
  • MAH5010 Children and the legal process
  • MAH5020 History of childhood
  • MAH5030 Children, society and disabilities*
  • SWM5160 Child abuse, child protection and the state

THIS UNIT IS OFFERED IN THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND IS EXPECTED TO BE IN HECS BAND 3.
Units will be on a two-year timetable, and students are advised to obtain details of unit availability from the course coordinator, Professor Thea Brown (Social Work) prior to enrolment.

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