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Unit of Study CYS20001 - Understanding Children and Childhood (2015)

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Unit Snapshot

  • Unit typeo

    UG Coursework Unit

  • Credit points

    12

  • AQF level

    7

  • Level of learning

    Advanced

  • Former School/College


Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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.

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

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically evaluate several theoretical perspectives influencing the conceptualisation of children and childhood both historically and currently, and the social and cultural influences on these
2 discuss the socially constructed nature of childhood and critically reflect on their personal construction of childhood
3 evaluate how the assumptions and principles underpinning different theoretical approaches impact on current understandings about children and youth, and our contemporary approaches to practice and policy in such contexts as education, family, social welfare, law, health, commerce, media and popular culture
4 investigate how conceptual understandings of childhood inform cultural or professional groups to interact with children

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

  1. critically evaluate several theoretical perspectives influencing the conceptualisation of children and childhood both historically and currently, and the social and cultural influences on these
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. discuss the socially constructed nature of childhood and critically reflect on their personal construction of childhood
    • GA1:
    • GA7:
  3. evaluate how the assumptions and principles underpinning different theoretical approaches impact on current understandings about children and youth, and our contemporary approaches to practice and policy in such contexts as education, family, social welfare, law, health, commerce, media and popular culture
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. investigate how conceptual understandings of childhood inform cultural or professional groups to interact with children
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:

Prescribed learning resources

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