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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Pre-requisites

180 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

Requires students to think sociologically about childhood and education. It takes a particular interest in the diverse social and cultural contexts in which children live their lives and explores the implications for teachers and carers working in early childhood and primary school settings. Emphasis is placed on issues related to equity, disadvantage and diversity. Requires students to develop skills in investigating and reporting in depth on contemporary issues affecting children, families, schools and communities.

Unit content

The following is a set of topics that will be covered in this unit:

- Frameworks for thinking critically about children, schools, family, society and culture.

- Children, education and social justice

- Gender, schools and early childhood services

- Ethnicity and education and care

- Aboriginality and education and care

- Social class and education and care

- Family issues, schools and early childhood services

- Children's welfare and resilience

- Curriculum, pedagogy and the UN Convention on the rights of the Child

- Developing the transformative teacher and/or early childhood professional.

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Explain how a sociological approach can enhance the knowledge and skills of early childhood and primary teachers and professionals
2 Analyse the changing nature of both childhood and education in contemporary society, having regard to issues related to gender, ethnicity. Aboriginality, social class, family influences, peer culture and the attainment of social justice
3 Reflect critically on a range of social and cultural issues affecting children and their learning
4 Identify organisations and services in the community that assist children and families in addressing some of these issues
5 Investigate in depth a contemporary issue affecting children and identify how teachers, early childhood professionals, early childhood services and schools can respond effectively

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

  1. Explain how a sociological approach can enhance the knowledge and skills of early childhood and primary teachers and professionals
    • GA1:
  2. Analyse the changing nature of both childhood and education in contemporary society, having regard to issues related to gender, ethnicity. Aboriginality, social class, family influences, peer culture and the attainment of social justice
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  3. Reflect critically on a range of social and cultural issues affecting children and their learning
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  4. Identify organisations and services in the community that assist children and families in addressing some of these issues
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  5. Investigate in depth a contemporary issue affecting children and identify how teachers, early childhood professionals, early childhood services and schools can respond effectively
    • GA3:
    • GA7: