TEAC 2064 Contemporary Childhoods (Block)

Credit Points 10

Description In this unit students will engage in an exploration of what it means to be a child in a postmodern world and how different theoretical approaches influence ways of understanding children's lives. Alongside questions of how gender, sexuality, ethnicity, 'race', language, class, ability and religion are constituted through a child's identity, students will explore the notion of a child's subjectivity. A child's subjectivity is the conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions of the child, their sense of self, their body and their way of understanding their relationship to the world. Building on this knowledge, students will also explore the four key child-environment identities of the physical child, the social child, the learning child and the natural child and by analysing a variety of scholarly and non-scholarly texts around childhood, children's bodies and behaviour will reflect on a child's individuality and emerging identity.

School Education

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects TEAC 2009 - Contemporary Childhoods TEAC 2010 - Contemporary Childhoods

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in program 7181 ? Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies.

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 ?ethe child?f.
- 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.


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
Discussion Board 600 words 20 N Individual
Applied Project 900 words 30 N Individual
Case Study – Part A 1,000 words 35 N Individual
Case Study – Part B 5 minutes 15 N Individual

Teaching Periods