Changing Childhoods (EDEC1003)


This unit explores the historical and contemporary influences on childhood and the social constructions of families and childhoods in Australia and throughout the world. Students will explore how concepts of childhood impact on the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children. The image of the child and children's rights are a focus in a global society and as a result traditional understandings of 'childhood' as being universally experienced within cultures, are being challenged. Early childhood educators adopt a contemporary view of the child as strong and capable, and highlight the multiplicity of children's experiences of childhood within family and cultural contexts. Understanding how children's voices, agency and power are most often dichotomised and eclipsed by those of adults, is crucial to professionals working with infants, toddlers and young children. The unit also addresses the role and influence of technology in a global society and the impact of technological change on both the immediate and long term educational futures of the infants, toddlers and young children with whom we work.

Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/wk, 1x2-hr seminar/wk for 12 weeks


2000wd report (40%),1500wd essay (30%) and childhoods expo with 1500wd report (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 credit points of units

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.