Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

Course code EDUC6006Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis 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.
ContentThe 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
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIntegrated Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsInvestigating children's rights & participation in the context of the early years in Australia. 2500 words.
Essays / Written AssignmentsIn-depth literature review on a topic of choice, in consultation with the course coordinator. 3000 words.
Contact HoursWorkshop: 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
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6006