School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

Children, Wellbeing and SocietyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101325.2

Discipline: OTHER HEALTH

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Knowledge of sociological or psychological concepts and theories.

Equivalent Units
25042 - Youth, Childhood & Health: Social Perspectives

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 80 credit points.

About this Unit
Childhood is something we all experience yet few of us understand. This unit provides the opportunity for students to develop concepts, theories and issues from within the sociology of childhood and from the social sciences by examining a range of life course themes and experiences of childhood (including adolescence). Central to the unit is the notion that childhood is an individual experience that occurs in and is impacted upon by a variety of social, cultural and historical contexts, which are negotiated through the sense of self fostered in childhood. The subject critically explores a variety of topics of relevance to understanding childhood in the 21st century. This unit aims to explore the dominant discourses of childhood (eg developmental and socialisation theories) and their impact on the lives of children.

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