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Naughty Boys, Bad Girls: Gender and Discipline at Home and at School
Apply a critical mindset to representations of behaviour management. Examine psychological and sociological accounts of childhood. Follow narrative approaches to discipline by reading examples from children's books, television and film.
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At the completion of this subject students will have:
- An understanding of the ways in which ideas and fears about childhood and adolescence play a part in everyday life
- An understanding of the complexity and significance of debates about discipline at home and at school
- An appreciation of the contributions of sociological and psychoanalytic writers on discipline, childhood, fairy tales and moral panic
- An understanding of what Gender Studies is about, how it relates to Sociology, why it has developed and why it matters today
- A developed practical sense of how to research a variety of texts in public circulation, how to evaluate their content and engage with it effectively
- A developed understanding of the relationship between forms of knowledge and forms of everyday living
- An ability to share information, debate ideas and work closely with your peers to build a complex picture of reality.
- Discipline and Fear
- Childhood and Adolescence
- Fairy Tales
- Parenting Advice
- Classroom Drama & Comedy
- Behaviour in Primary School
- Behaviour in High School
- Bad Boys
- School Shootings
- Bad Girls
- Sexual Harassment and Young People
- Film Screening
- No Lecture
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in Sociology before starting this subject.
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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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
Please note: This subject is no longer on offer in 2019.
This subject was previously known as SGY355 Naughty Boys, Bad Girls: Gender and Discipline at Home and at School.
Are boys expected to be naughty, while girls are quiet but in danger of sexual entanglement as teenagers? This unit is concerned with the people who live out these expectations and yet complicate them in the home and the classroom: young children, tweens and teens, parents and teachers. It combines the sociology of education with the study of gender in early childhood, adolescence and youth. Class and race (or culture, ethnicity and religion) play a part along with age, gender and sexuality. The focus of the unit is on discipline and punishment as these are directed towards children at home and at school. What are the problems, conflicts and disruptions faced by young people and their parents and teachers? What are the best strategies for managing them? What are the best tools for understanding them? Fairy tales and children's books (eg, 'Pinocchio', 'Naughty stories for good boys and girls'), TV and film ('Supernanny', 'Boot Camp', 'Mean Girls'), expert advice and self-help manuals (Dr Spock, 'Toddler Taming') are explored alongside the sociological, educational, psychological and gender studies literature offering insight into the behaviour of boys and girls today.
- Quizzes (30%)
- Participation (10%)
- Project (30%)
- Research Essay (30%)