Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society

Description

The course provides an introduction to the study of children and families within a social and political context. The course encourages a critical perspective by examining debates about the historical and sociocultural constructions of childhood in relation to families. The diversity of family forms in contemporary Australia will be examined in the context of class, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity. There will be a particular focus on how those constructions impact upon young children and how young children understand them. An analysis of the role of the family in liberal democracy and the policing of families will form the foundation for a critical understanding of current policy debates.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of a sociological approach to children in Australian families.

2. Ability to understand the complexity and diversity of family life in Australia.

3. Ability to analyse and deal critically with different viewpoints on family policy, especially concerning child protection issues.

4. Skills in writing an academic essay, reading critically and doing research.

Content

  1. The history of the family and childhood.
  2. Sociological theories of the family.
  3. Families in multicultural Australia and Aboriginal families.
  4. Family types, sexualities and the construction of gender.
  5. Gender, power and the family in Australia.
  6. Children, risk and child protection.
  7. The family, social policy and the nation state.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SOCA3165. Students who have successfully completed SOCA3165 are not eligible to enrol in SOCA1040.

Assessment Items

Essay: Minor Essay

Formal Examination: Examination

Participation: Tutorial Participation & Contribution

Presentation: Presentations

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term