Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
OfferedNot offered in 2015


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. A developed 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. High level 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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Sociology.