A critical examination of the ways in which political, cultural and educational contexts shape the institutions of childhood for young children.
What is childhood? How does culture influence what we mean by child, childhood, and its institutions? Are children citizens, with rights? How would we know? In what ways are institutions of modernity implicated in constructing childhood and children? And what educational, human, political and ethical issues arise?
In this paper you will explore the production of childhood and children as a thoroughly modern construction, asking questions of how we produce our youngest citizens and police their lives. Using tools key to childhood studies, we will examine the phenomenon of childhood and consider the people implicated with it as well as their well-being. This paper will appeal if you are interested in issues related to childhood and children in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
|Paper title||The Institutions of Childhood|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$912.00|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- (EDUC 101 or EDUC 102) or 108 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- With approval, students who have passed EDUC105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.
Paper Co-ordinator: Prof. Alex Gunn (2023)
- Teaching staff
Prof. Alex Gunn (Dunedin)
- Teaching Arrangements
In 2023 the paper will be delivered online and via Blackboard with students from Dunedin and Invercargill campuses together. Lectures are to be watched by students prior to online workshops. Synchronous classes at the specified timetable times is expected.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding,
Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:
- Understand the changing context of rearing, caring and educating young children in New Zealand and international settings
- Appraise the politics of ideology in shaping and transforming the institutions of childhood both within and outside of the family
- Investigate current theories of learning and development and controversial issues impacting on the experience of children within the institutions of childhood