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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

Unit aim

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

Module One: Children and Families

  • The Australian context
  • Establishing relationships with children
  • Supporting wellbeing: Social and emotional learning
  • Connecting with families: Collaborative partnerships
  • Linking policies to practices

Module Two: Communities

  • The Australian context
  • Community collaborations
  • Cultural competency
  • Identifying fragile contexts
  • Linking policies to practices

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 examine the historical construction of childhood and families
2 discuss and compare contemporary constructions of childhood and families, including those pertaining to Indigenous childhoods
3 use research and theory to explain the diverse range of issues affecting children, families and communities
4 critically analyse of key social and educational policies and their impact upon service provision for children and families
5 critically analyse texts, images, and songs in terms of the construction of childhood, and families

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

  1. examine the historical construction of childhood and families
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  2. discuss and compare contemporary constructions of childhood and families, including those pertaining to Indigenous childhoods
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  3. use research and theory to explain the diverse range of issues affecting children, families and communities
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  4. critically analyse of key social and educational policies and their impact upon service provision for children and families
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  5. critically analyse texts, images, and songs in terms of the construction of childhood, and families
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA7: