Childhood Studies, Major (0330)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0330


Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Childhood Studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field that explores the meanings of childhood as a social category and researches children’s lives and experiences. The child, children’s rights and wellbeing are identified by UNICEF as central to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This major allows students to analyse the intersection of childhood with other significant categories of social difference and to contribute to community and policy responses that impact children’s lives, rights and wellbeing. The major is valuable for students who seek a career in teaching or other career that involves working with, thinking critically about or researching children.


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Bankstown Full-time Dr Di Dickenson
Bankstown Part-time Dr Di Dickenson
Parramatta - Victoria Road Full-time Dr Di Dickenson
Parramatta - Victoria Road Part-time Dr Di Dickenson
Penrith Full-time Dr Di Dickenson
Penrith Part-time Dr Di Dickenson

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Complete the following compulsory subjects.

Please note: Not all subjects will be offered each year. Some subjects will be offered on a rotational basis. Not all subjects will be available on all campuses.

Subject Title Credit Points
Students must complete the following subjects:
TEAC 2009Contemporary Childhoods10
TEAC 1032The Developing Child10
Choose two from the following subjects:20
Digital Childhoods
Diversity and Difference
Learning Through Play
Reading Children's Literature and Digital Texts
Choose four from the following subjects:40
Bridging the Gap: Re-engaging Indigenous Learners
Children's Culture
Children's and Young Adult Fiction
Children's Literature: Image and Text
Youth Cultures and Moral Panics
Total Credit Points80