Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores and analyses curriculum trends across local and international contexts. Students will engage with contemporary early childhood curriculum theories and explore these theories in relation to the historical, social, and political contexts for the formal provision of early childhood education and care.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC6511. Students who have successfully completed EDUC6511 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC6512.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse the historical, political, and social contexts of early childhood provision and curriculum both locally and internationally;

2. Investigate and examine contemporary early childhood curriculum theory; and

3. Critically examine international trends in curricula for early childhood education.


Topics will include:

  • History and politics of early childhood curriculum;
  • Current trends in international politics and policy for early childhood delivery;
  • Early childhood curriculum theory (e.g. reconceptualising early childhood education and care);
  • Trends in international and comparative early childhood curriculum.


If you have successfully completed EDUC6511 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay 1 (50%)

Essay: Essay 2 (50%)

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.