Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

10 Units

It is widely recognised in early years research that the first years of a child's life are vitally important to their overall growth and development. These early years have life long effects for children's well being. For children, families and early years educators these years are impacted through a range of complex issues such as family context, health, poverty, dis/ability, gender, culture, environmental sustainability, policy developments and the range of rituals and customs associated with child rearing. This course critically investigates and analyses these issues within a framework of children's rights and participation.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

This course provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. demonstrate an critical awareness and understanding of various contemporary issues in early childhood, including children’s rights and participation;
  2. develop, articulate and justify a professional/leadership position regarding early childhood and early years provision; and
  3. demonstrate critical engagement with the theories, philosophies and approaches to early years provision.

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  1. children’s rights and participation;
  2. family contexts;
  3. child rearing rituals and customs;
  4. environmental sustainability;
  5. contemporary policy and provision in Australia, including leadership; and
  6. international trends in policy and provision.
Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Investigating children's rights & participation in the context of the early years in Australia. 2500 words.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - In-depth literature review on a topic of choice, in consultation with the course coordinator. 3000 words.
Contact Hours
  • Workshop: for 5 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6006

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