An advanced study of childhood from a range of perspectives using interdisciplinary approaches of pedagogy, sociology, philosophy, psychology and other disciplines. Independent critical engagement with theories and constructs related to practices across a range of social sciences and humanities will provide students with specialist knowledge and skills to liaise with and inform key agencies of specific issues within the field.
This course is well suited to teachers and professionals who work with or are interested in learning more about children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. It is also relevant to those interested in investigating contexts of practice, policy and disciplinary knowledge as it explores notions and constructs of children and childhoods through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
You will gain understandings of children and childhood by exploring traditional and historical ideas and frameworks as well as contemporary issues, including new global forces that are shaping society, politics and education and influencing and informing children and childhoods. You will also develop theoretical understandings by exploring past and current research by leading academics, including Dr Marek Tesar and Dr Sandy Farquhar.
At the completion of the course, it is intended that students will be able to: Understand the interdisciplinary underpinnings of childhood studies. Interrogate the subject of child and childhood from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Analyse the non-biological deterministic notion of child and childhood and critique contemporary manifestations of politics, law, and policy of childhoods.
Currently scheduled classes
2021 Epsom (Semester 1): Epsom (Semester 1): Fortnightly evening sessions on Tuesdays starting from 2 March until 1 June.
Take this course
This course can be taken as a taught course in the following programmes:
- Bachelor of Arts in Education (Honours)
- Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours)
- Master of Arts in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Master of Professional Studies in Education
- Master of Education Practice
- Master of Education
- Master of Counselling
- Master of Social Work
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work