EDUC 767 : Childhood Studies

Education and Social Work

2023 Summer School (1230) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An advanced study of childhood from a range of perspectives using interdisciplinary approaches of pedagogy, sociology, philosophy, psychology and other disciplines. Independent critical engagement with theories and constructs related to practices across a range of social sciences and humanities will provide students with specialist knowledge and skills to liaise with and inform key agencies of specific issues within the field.

Course Overview

This course is well suited for professionals, teachers  and others who work with or are interested in learning more about children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. It is also relevant to those interested in investigating contexts of practice, policy and disciplinary knowledge as it explores notions and constructs of children and childhoods through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.

You will gain understandings of children and childhood by exploring traditional and historical ideas and frameworks as well as contemporary issues, including new global forces that are shaping society, politics and education and influencing and informing children and childhoods. You will also develop theoretical understandings by exploring past and current research by leading academics, including Associate Professor Marek Tesar and Dr Kiri Gould

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically evaluate the interdisciplinary underpinnings of childhood studies (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.3, 5.2 and 6.1)
  2. Interrogate the subject of child and childhood from diverse disciplinary perspectives (Capability 1.2, 2.3, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2 and 6.2)
  3. Identify and analyse the non-biological deterministic notion of child and childhood (Capability 1.3, 2.3, 3.1, 4.3, 5.2 and 6.3)
  4. Articulate and critique contemporary manifestations of politics, law, and policy of childhoods. (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 6.1 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Online Tasks 30% Individual Coursework
Position Statement and Presentation 70% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Online Tasks
Position Statement and Presentation

To pass this course students must submit all assessment tasks and get an overall course mark of at least 50%.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures, 164 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 100 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode


Students may attend weekly scheduled online synchronous drop-in sessions or office hours to discuss the course content. These sessions will be recorded.
Attendance on campus is not required
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course
This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Feedback has been implemented in order to create more engaging lectures and assessment tasks

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.