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Families in Context

Postgraduate | MAQ-ECHX8200 | 2024

Previously MAQ-ECHX820

Examine family and the implications of diversity in family values. Compare traditional, western images of family and the daily experiences of families in Australia. Consider socio-cultural, economic and political contexts in shaping family life.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

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Families in Context

About this subject

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

    1. Explore diverse contexts in and perspectives on ways in which families function
    2. Reflect on personal experiences and how these shape perspectives.
    3. Source credible and scholarly research concerning families to inform practice and generate new understandings and knowledge
    4. Highlight and critically analyse a range of social, cultural and political perspectives/influences on family life. 
    5. Consider ways in which awareness of families in context can facilitate/support early childhood teaching practice
    6. Explore the online environment and contribute effectively and respectfully
    7. Engage in active and critical reflective practice about working with diverse families.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ECHX820 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) ECED820, ECEX820, ECED720, ECED826, ECED840, ECEX826, ECEX840, ECHX840, ECHX820

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.


    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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