TEAC 2010 Contemporary Childhoods (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700289

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Description In contemporary Australia, care and education provided for young children is both diverse and complex, as a result of a range of historical, philosophical, sociological and political factors. In recent years, traditional understandings of how society views "childhood" and the "universal child" have been challenged by new discourses associated with the reconceptualisation of childhood. From an almost exclusive focus on children as the objects of socialisation, the new sociology of childhood is now interpreting children and the experience of childhood as dynamic, social, multiple and relational. Broadening this sociological gaze has led to new approaches in theorising and conceptualising the study of childhood and the social world of the child. This unit will explore a range of approaches and research about the lives of children in historical and contemporary societies and in local and global settings. Students will investigate the multiplicity and social meaning of childhood; the regulating of children and their bodies, including the role of schools and other social institutions; and the cultural and social world of the child, in particular their agency, rights and exclusion. Beyond this, students in this unit will have a chance to explore the ethics and methodological issues of how research on and with children frames the way professionals work with children.

School Education

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Co-requisite(s) Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year Two units

Equivalent Subjects TEAC 2009 - Contemporary Childhoods

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College. Students enrolled in extended diploma programs 7146 Diploma in Arts Extended - Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12 and 7160 - BDiploma in Arts Extended must pass 40 credit points from the preparatory subjects listed in the program structure prior to enrolling in this University level subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Investigate diverse texts, images, practices and constructions of what it means to be a child in contemporary society.
  2. Discuss the social meaning of childhood including the historical, social and political factors and how they have influenced changing views of children and childhood.
  3. Explain how different theoretical perspectives have positioned children and childhood as a social construction.
  4. Identify the ways in which gender, sexuality, ethnicity, 'race', language, class, ability and religion are constituted through a child�fs identity and the significance of this on everyday lived experiences.
  5. Examine how social, institutional and cultural constructions of childhood play a role in shaping child

Subject Content

- Who is, and what does it mean to be a child in a postmodern world?
- Analysis of texts, images and constructions about the child.
- Introduction to contemporary national and international theories and philosophies related to the child.
- Significance of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, 'race', language, class, ability and religion and how they are constituted through a childs identity and everyday lived experiences.
- Questions of subjectivity and a childs sense of self, body, and relationship to the world.
- Childrens negotiation of identity and difference in a globalised world.
- Rights and responsibilities of the child.
- Child-environment identity and connections to place, space, location and time through encounters with tangible social-cultural artefacts such as toys, homes, landscapes, animals, digital technology.
- Constructions of diversity and difference in education and community settings.
- Who is, and what does it mean to be a child in a postmodern world?
- Analysis of texts, images and constructions about the child.
- Introduction to contemporary national and international theories and philosophies related to the child.
- Significance of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, 'race', language, class, ability and religion and how they are constituted through a child?fs identity and everyday lived experiences.
- Questions of subjectivity and a child?fs sense of self, body, and relationship to the world.
- Children?fs negotiation of identity and difference in a globalised world.
- Rights and responsibilities of the child.
- Child-environment identity and connections to place, space, location and time through encounters with tangible social-cultural artefacts such as toys, homes, landscapes, animals, digital technology.
- Constructions of diversity and difference in education and community settings.
- Who is, and what does it mean to be a child in a po

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Portfolio - 3x Portfolio task 1,500 words 30 N Individual
Applied Project 1,200 words 30 N Individual
Reflection 1,200 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Wyness, M. G. (2012). Childhood and society (2nd ed.). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
  • James, A., & James, A. L. (2012). Key concepts in childhood studies (2nd ed.). London, UK: Sage Publishers.

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Parramatta City - George St

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2022 Trimester 2

Bankstown

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Nirimba Education Precinct

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2022 Trimester 3

Bankstown

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Nirimba Education Precinct

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Parramatta City - George St

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