Childhood Studies, Minor (0330)

  • Western Sydney University Minor 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 minor 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 minor is valuable for students who seek a career in teaching or other career that involves working with, thinking critically about or researching children.  

Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown Internal Dr Di Dickenson
Parramatta Victoria Road Internal Dr Di Dickenson
Penrith Internal Dr Di Dickenson

Minor Structure

To complete a minor in Childhood Studies, students must complete 40 credit points as follows.

Complete the following compulsory subjects.

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 subject:
TEAC 2009Contemporary Childhoods10
Students must complete one subject from the following pool:10
The Developing Child
Diversity and Difference
Learning Through Play
Digital Childhoods
Reading Children's Literature and Digital Texts
Student must complete two subjects from the following pool:20
Youth Cultures and Moral Panics
Children's Literature: Image and Text
Children's and Young Adult Fiction
Children's Culture
Bridging the Gap: Re-engaging Indigenous Learners
Total Credit Points40