Social Justice in Early Childhood Education, Family and Communities

Course code EDUC6005Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon 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.
ContentThe 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.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 40% A critical review of current theoretical frameworks with social justice as a foundation.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2 60% Using a specified community or context, a critical analysis of socially transformative practices for children, their families and communities.
Contact HoursLecture: 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
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6005