Social Justice in Early Childhood Education, Family and Communities

10 Units

This course will challenge participants’ constructions of identity, difference, diversity, and social inequalities in relation to local and global experiences. Participants will critically engage with a range of theoretical approaches through a social justice lens, with a focus on poverty as it impacts upon children, families and community. Furthermore, the course will address recent theoretical developments in social constructions of race, gender, disability, and sexuality. Participants will apply theoretical knowledge to investigate, analyse and synthesise social justice issues in their chosen disciplines of early childhood education, family or community development studies. This will result in a complex body of knowledge that re-examines participants' philosophies and articulates socially transformative practices for children, their families and communities.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion students will be expected to:

  1. Challenge contemporary ideas about identity, difference and diversity.
  2. Articulate social justice theories in terms of children, families and community, specifically the impact of poverty.
  3. Critique current theorizing on the social constructions of race, gender, disability, and sexuality.
  4. Recognise ethical practices as a basis for social justice.
  5. Investigate a nominated context in early childhood education, family and/or community to analyse and synthesise the theory/practice nexus.
  6. Critically examine socially transformative practices in a nominated context that addresses the needs of children, families, and their communities.

The following list indicates course content:

  • Engagement with theoretical perspectives for social justice and social transformation
  • Understanding processes of marginalisation including references to poverty, gender, Aboriginality, culture, disability, race, ethnicity and sexuality.
  • Examining ethical behaviour and sustainability for children, families and community.

  • Local and global social dynamics and implications for early childhood, family and community.

  • Developing socially transformative practice personally, as well as institutionally, and within families and their communities.

Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 40% A critical review of current theoretical frameworks with social justice as a foundation.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2 60% Using a specified community or context, a critical analysis of socially transformative practices for children, their families and communities.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Workshop: for 5 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC60051

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