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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Kate Cregan


Previously coded INT2190


The unit introduces key concepts related to children and childhood from fields including sociology, anthropology, critical legal studies, postcolonial and development studies, and rights literature. Students are invited to apply these concepts to problems and issues related to children and childhood in global contexts. Topics include: appraisal of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; limitations of universalised conceptions of childhood and rights with respect to the lives of children globally; child poverty in a global context; child labour and the economic value of children in comparative contexts; children as objects, subjects and agents; and the 'future' of childhood.


Students successfully completing this subject should have developed:

  1. An understanding of key issues, debates and approaches in the interdisciplinary study of children and childhood in a contemporary, global context
  2. Working familiarity with key literature in the contemporary study of children and childhood in a global context
  3. Library-based research skills and a working knowledge of the major data-bases relevant to the study of children's rights, welfare and mobility
  4. The ability to think critically and analytically, and to be able to articulate ideas and arguments to a high standard of written and oral expression
  5. A focus upon the production of scholarly research as the end point of a process of reading, reflection, discussion, drafting and debate
  6. The ability to work independently as scholars, to give and receive critical feedback and to participate actively in group research activities.

Third-year students successfully completing this unit will have developed all of the above to a higher level of critical and analytical sophistication than second-year students.


Short exercise: (1000 words): 30%
Assignment (2000 words): 50%
Tutorial attendance and participation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kate Cregan

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture/workshop per week

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

International studies


Any first year sequence