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This subject will explore philosophical and critical sociological constructions of childhood and youth over time and examine the diverse and contemporary nature of childhood. Students will examine childhood and youth through diverse lenses, and consequently, gain critical insight into the context of contemporary educative settings. The importance of supporting developing and shifting identities will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the ways in which young people variously connect with and contribute to society, examining diverse voices reflecting the complexity of children’s lives and the role played by various social institutions and media. Notions of diversity and interculturality will be explored alongside the implications of universal frameworks for children and youth. Meeting with community organisations across the semester, individual and collective identities will be woven through the subject, providing students with an understanding of broader contexts for working effectively with young children and youth.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, participants should be able to:
- Understand social constructions of childhood.
- Understand the image of childhood in International frameworks and organisations.
- Critically analyse key discourses and influences of social and historical change on childhood and youth.
- Examine constructs of diversity and interculturalism and articulate implications for contemporary Australian educative settings.
- Critically assess the influence of social institutions and media on children's individual and collective identities.
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creating and innovating
- Working in teams communicating and collaborating with other professionals
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Being responsive to a changing knowledge base
- Reflecting and continually making improvements
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiring and researching
- Becoming a citizen and taking personal and social responsibility.
Last updated: 16 March 2020