The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Students in this course analyse issues relating to gender, class, culture, ethnicity, 'race', religion, disability, language and family forms to reconceptualise diversity and inclusion in the early years. This course also considers broader political, sociopolitical and ecological factors such as media representations, policy, technology and broader changes and their influences in education and care settings for all children. The course will also examine various anti-bias approaches to create multicultural and inclusive learning spaces for young children where diversity is respected with an emphasis on social justice.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Winter - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply critical multiculturalism theoretical perspectives in theory and praxis with respect to diversity and inclusion with all children

2. Argue personal position by reflecting critically on the politics of differences such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, culture, English as a an additional language, poverty, diverse family forms, (dis)ability, and religion

3. Create socially inclusive curriculum planning and pedagogy for all children and their families in early childhood settings

4. Challenge existing education inequity with critical pedagogical practices to engage learners of diverse language, cultural, social, racial, and ethnic backgrounds

5. Understand the sociopolitical and ecological factors' impact on young children and their education.

6. Identify issues and pedagogical practices related to guiding children's behaviour in socio-culturally complex early childhood sites to plan classroom activities.


1. Theoretical perspectives to understand diversity and inclusion in education.

2. Divisions, structures and discourses that constitute diversity and inclusion.

3. Issues and complex social relations related to diversity and inclusion in early childhood settings and the broader community.

4. Sociopolitical and ecological factors that influence young children and their education.

5. Various anti-bias approaches, curriculum and pedagogical practices in early childhood.

6. Critical self-reflective practice. 


Students must meet the Teacher Education Milestone and be active in the B Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) (12366) OR B Education (Early Childhood & Primary) (40105) OR B Education (EC & Primary) (Hons) (40109) to enrol in this course.

Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Presentation: Presentations: Group

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term Full Term