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EDF4031

Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Term 1 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Bone

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the sociology of childhood as an important understanding for early childhood educators to inform their work. Particular emphasis is given to children's participation and contribution as a socio-political issue. Students explore sociological issues that are raised in the Early Years Framework for Australia including children's identity, belonging in communities and diversity. Students engage with notions of local and global citizenship from sociological perspectives to critically reflect on children's role in society. With a focus on the present and future, students are encouraged to investigate how early childhood education providers are responding to critical issues raised in the sociology of childhood unit.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the sociology of childhood as an important understanding for early childhood educators to inform their work
  2. understand sociological issues that are raised in the Early Years Framework for Australia including children's identity, belonging in communities and diversity
  3. demonstrate the capacity to begin to critically analyse local and global citizenship through sociology of childhood perspectives
  4. have the capacity to critically reflect and respond to the implications for pedagogy and curriculum.

Assessment

Literature review: sociology of childhood (1500 words, 40%)
Research task: children's participation in local community contexts (2500 words equivalent, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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