Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Iris Duhn


This unit examines concepts of childhood in diverse cultural, socio-political and historical contexts to critically investigate the intersection of childhood, educational practices, policies and theories, and professional conduct. The analytical framework draws on the sociology of childhood and critical childhood studies to engage with the challenges, tensions and potential of conceptualising childhood in the twenty-first century. Specifically, this unit addresses how concepts of childhood govern children's participation in diverse contexts; how issues of environmental and social justice affect children and their communities at global, regional and local levels; and how gender, ethnicity and race relations embedded in concepts of childhood have historically governed children's everyday lives.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. develop critical understandings of the intersection of concepts of childhood and children's lives across time and place
  2. generate and apply innovative pedagogical practices that respond to changes in childhood
  3. demonstrate advanced critical analytical and research skills.


Narrative-based portfolio: historical analysis of diverse childhoods (4000 words, 50%)
Seminar presentation and digital poster, including video, text and images (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 1-hour lecture per week
  • 2-hour seminar/workshop per week

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

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Chief examiner(s)