The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will examine changing conceptions about the nature of childhood and how they have influenced the treatment and experiences of young Australians. The course will cover the experiences of children and teenagers during various periods of Australian history--from the lives of convict children, to the 'baby boomers', to the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal children. Topics covered include family life, children's health and welfare, education, and child and youth cultures. Students will be given the opportunity to work with a number of primary texts and encouraged to reflect on the nature of history and historical representation.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3241. Students who have successfully completed HIST3241 are not eligible to enrol in HIST3242.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understanding of changing views about the nature of childhood and how these views have influenced the treatment of children and adolescents;

2. Comprehension of the link between the childhood experiences and personal and cultural identity;

3. Comprehension and ability to analyse aspects of Australian social history;

4. Ability to engage in historical argument and research appropriate to an advanced undergraduate student;

5. Appropriate written and oral communications skills for scholarly discourse


Students undertaking this course will be introduced to changing conceptions about the nature of childhood, the varying experiences of growing up in Australia, the impact of ideology on policy making and the link between childhood experiences and cultural identity. Topics to be covered will include:

  1. The historiography and theories of childhood
  2. Convict children
  3. Experiences of Aboriginal children
  4. Child and youth rescue movements
  5. Eugenics, health and welfare
  6. Educating Boys and Girls
  7. The baby boomers
  8. Teenage rebellion
  9. Child immigration
  10. Remembering childhood
  11. Representations of youth and childhood
  12. Children's literature and popular culture


This course replaces HIST3241. If you have successfully completed HIST3241 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

10 units of History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Two or more written assignments

In Term Test: Examination: Class

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution