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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Naomi White


This unit examines contemporary understandings of, and relations with children. It also considers how these understandings and relations have changed over time. That is, shifts in public responses to children and variations in how children are treated are explored in relation to changing economic arrangements and prevailing family structures. Literature which examines the connection between power, the state and minority status, as well as theories dealing with the construction of social categories will be used as frameworks for analysing the changing status and notions of children and childhood.


Seminar presentation and written summary (1500 words): 35%
Research project (3000 words): 65%
Third-year students are expected to show a greater degree of theoretical reflexiveness in their projects.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Behavioural studies


First-year sequence in Sociology or permission