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CHIC401 Understanding Children and Childhood: Theory into Practice

A critical examination of historical and demographic trends, contemporary theoretical explanations of child development and well-being, and the practice framework of primary, secondary and tertiary levels of intervention with children/families/whanau.

This interdisciplinary paper provides a historical overview of childhood and the status, rights and well-being of children and young people over time. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is considered, as well as recent demographic trends affecting family life. The paper also explores various theoretical understandings of children's development (including sociocultural and ecological approaches, childhood studies, neuroscience, attachment and resilience) and the implications of these for working effectively with children and families/wh´?¢nau today. Students will also consider risk and protective factors and the practice framework of primary, secondary and tertiary levels of intervention with children/families/wh´?¢nau. Course work is focused around a literature review and case study.

Paper title Understanding Children and Childhood: Theory into Practice
Paper code CHIC401
Subject Children's Issues
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,679.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,658.50

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Restriction
CHIX 403, CHIX 401
Eligibility
Suitable for graduates and professionals in the wide range of disciplines who work with children, young people and their families/whanau or are interested in doing so.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
cic@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator; Associate Professor Nicola Taylor
Associate Professor Nicola Atwool
Paper Structure
The paper covers six modules relating to:
  • Historical overview of childhood and the status, rights and well-being of children and young people over time
  • Demographic trends affecting family life
  • International law, particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Theoretical framework - contemporary child development, sociocultural theory, neuroscience, attachment, resilience, ecological theory, and childhood studies
  • Practice framework - primary, secondary and tertiary levels of intervention
  • Research and writing skill development - critical analysis, literature reviews and case studies
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught by distance and has two audioconferences (at the start and end of the first semester) and one five-day block course in April in Dunedin (at which attendance is compulsory).
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.The course book and readings are provided via Blackboard.
Course outline
The course outline is made available in the course book provided to students prior to the beginning of the first semester.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to
  • Identify and clearly articulate historical and demographic trends affecting children and young people
  • Understand and apply contemporary theoretical explanations for child development and child/youth well-being
  • Critically appraise the practice framework in relation to primary, secondary and tertiary levels of intervention and their implications for children and young people and related services
  • Reflect upon, critique and improve professional practice in relation to children, young people and families/whï½nau
  • Apply the theoretical and conceptual framework to a literature review and case study regarding an issue of concern affecting children, young people and families/whï½nau

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Timetable

Not offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard