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EDF4246 - History of childhood

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Associate Professor T Taylor


Not offered in 2007


The history of childhood 1450-present in Europe and Australia and techniques of historical analysis. Topics include the historiography of childhood; childhood in the late medieval period 1300-1450; the rise of individualism and the role of the child 1500-1700; the Industrial Revolution and the changing role of childhood 1760-1860; mass society and institutionalised childhood 1860-1900; ideology and childhood in the twentieth century.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have developed knowledge and understanding of historio-graphical issues in the study of the history of childhood together with the development of childhood during the period 1450 to the present with special reference to concepts of childhood over time in social, economic, religious, psychological, political and educational contexts.


Essay (1000 words): 20%
Book review (1000 words): 20%
Major assignment (2000 words): 60%

Contact hours

2 hours per week plus Introductory weekend school (optional)