Social Justice and Diversity in Early Childhood - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (50%) , Report (50%)

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

The unit explores contemporary issues of culture, equity, values and social justice in early childhood pedagogy. The unit proposes an image of the child as a citizen with rights, and students analyse the impact of this image in curriculum decision-making. The unit promotes a view of early childhood settings as democratic forums: students critically redress inequalities and create welcoming spaces for children, educators and families of diverse cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and practices. Students articulate their roles as advocates for children’s rights and are encouraged to reconceptualise their views on families, gender, language and sexual identity to further consolidate an ethical approach to the profession of educator.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. examine the interactions between culture, values and community
  2. evaluate how cultural contexts and social justice impact on pedagogy and curriculum
  3. define and defend the rights of children in an article demonstrating an increased level of personal literacy
  4. listen to children and interpret their theories
  5. reconstruct the role of educator within a framework of ethical relationships in diverse communities.
  • Case Study (50%)
  • Report (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDE302 — Cultural Contexts and Social Justice (Birth-8 years)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Social Justice in Early Childhood Education and Care
2The Image of the Child: Children as Citizens with Rights
3Listening: Constructing Identity and Relationships
4The Early Childhood Setting as a Democratic Forum
5Interrogating Diversity and Difference
6Pedagogical Documentation for Social Justice
7Culture and Values
8Unequal Childhoods
9Critical Multiculturalism
10Reconceptualising the Family for Social Justice
11Language and Identity
12Gender and Sexual Identity

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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