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ECE405 - Inquiry Into Social and Cultural Development

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

To enrol in this unit, please contact Student Services team

Final year of offer 2016

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:

Liz 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.


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.

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