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EDUC211 The Institutions of Childhood

A critical examination of the ways in which political, cultural and educational contexts shape the institutions of childhood for young children.

Using a sociocultural perspective, the course examines a selection of key concepts in childhood studies.
The paper will appeal to anyone who is interested in how sociocultural and political contexts influence the education and wellbeing of young children.

Paper title The Institutions of Childhood
Paper code EDUC211
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $829.65
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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EDUC 101 or EDUC 102 or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
With approval, students who have passed EDUC 105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.
Dr Ruth Gasson
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Dr Ruth Gasson (Dunedin)
Other staff: Dr Alex Gunn (Dunedin); Dr Michael Gaffney (Dunedin); Meredith Kelly (Southland)
Recommended Text:
Higgins, N. & Freeman, C. (Eds.) (2013) Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. NZ: University of Otago Press.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
  1. Understand the changing context of rearing, caring and educating young children in New Zealand and international settings
  2. Appraise the politics of ideology in shaping and transforming the institutions of childhood both within and outside of the family
  3. Investigate current theories of learning and development and controversial issues impacting on the experience of children within the institutions of childhood.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-19, 22


Stream Days Times Weeks
W1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-19, 22

First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system