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SOCI3015 – Growing up in the Modern Age: Global Childhoods

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Tobia Fattore
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines sociological approaches to childhood as a way of understanding how societies work. Global burdens of health, environmental sustainability and economic security all involve intergenerational transfers of risks and have consequences for current and future generations. The unit examines these issues by introducing students to contemporary social theories about childhood and children's rights; the role that intergenerational relations play in understanding societies; how globalisation affects the experience of childhood in different parts of the world; and the implications these have for social policy, service and professional practices for children and families. The unit is in three parts. The first part canvasses foundation knowledge including social theories of childhood; the historical development of childhood; and researching childhood. The second part applies this to the key topics of children's rights and child abuse; childhoods and globalisation; and childhood, social policy and the state. The third part will include rotating modules on childhood and contemporary social problems. On the basis of these three parts students will gain a clearer understanding of the importance of generation for contemporary societies.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: demonstrate a critical understanding of social theories of childhood, and the role that intergenerational relations play in characterizing societies.
  • ULO2: analyse the characteristics of childhood and children's rights and to apply this analysis to understanding a range of social policies, social problems and professional practices.
  • ULO4: apply a range of research perspectives to the study of childhood.
  • ULO5: apply theoretical considerations to a range of policy problems related to childhoods.
  • ULO3: recognise the contribution of a range of sociological, political, health, economic, demographic and other perspectives to understanding childhood.
  • ULO6: demonstrate an understanding of the key issues involved in undertaking analyses of policies and programs to develop services for children and families.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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The course consists of 13 seminars. Each seminar will involve a range of lecture-style content and in-class activities which will involve students engaging in additional research in-class, small group discussions, reading tasks and debates. These activities are designed so that students critically engage with the weekly topic. To assist students develop their understanding of topics related to childhood, weekly readings will be available via the iLearn site. The final two weeks of seminars will be devoted to the critical reflection presentations.

Unit Schedule

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Week One


Week Two

The Social Child: Taking a Sociological Approach

Week Three

Researching Children and Childhood

Week Four

The Child through Time: Historical Approaches to Childhood

Week Five

The Developing Child: Developmental Approaches to Childhood

Week Six

Unequal Childhoods: Childhood and Inequality

Week Seven

The Child as Rights Bearer: Children, Rights and Politics

Week Eight

The Educated Child: Children and Schooling

Week Nine

The Troubled Child: Children, Delinquency and Vulnerability

Week Ten

The Playing Child: Culture, Play, Technology

Week Eleven

The Global Child: Childhood around the World

Weeks Twelve and Thirteen

Wrap-up and presentations

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