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ECE405 - Inquiry Into Social and Cultural Development

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)*, Warrnambool*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E420 or E421 only)
Unit chair:E Rouse




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: 3 x 3 hour intensives


Learning experiences are also via CloudDeakin.


* Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offered in intensive mode

The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies via Cloud (online) but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).


This unit explores the development of young children's social and cultural understandings through engagement with contemporary theory, policy and practices. Pedagogical approaches which position young children as active and inquiring local and global citizens will frame this unit. Topics include diverse socio-cultural identities; sustainable relationships (individuals, families, community and the environment); changing communication and representations due to technology and globalisation.


Two assessments of equal weighting:

Task 1: Portfolio. Students design and undertake small inquiry-based tasks that draw on both the current literature in social and cultural development and on their experiences of early childhood settings (50%).

Task 2: Students will complete an individual or group PowerPoint (or similar) presentation which displays and communicates the findings from task one, together with an application of a sample program topic (e.g. relationships/environment/community) (50%).

Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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