Families, Community and Citizenship

EDU30006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + blended + Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

8 Jul 24 - 6 Oct 24

29 Oct 24

Last self enrolment:
21 Jul 24

2 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Aug 24

Aims and objectives

This unit develops understandings of the social constructs of family and community, and how an awareness of family and community contexts is crucial to delivering quality educational outcomes for children. The unit examines a variety of principles and practices related to teaching and learning the humanities in early childhood education, and considers the relevant state, territory and national curriculum frameworks. It also develops pre-service teacher’s skills in creating learning opportunities which position young children as social active and informed citizens and encourage children to think critically and engage with the many learning areas that make up the humanities, including history, geography and citizenship.

Unit Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically examine the role of the humanities in the context of early childhood education.
2. Examine a range of theoretical perspectives related to families and community.
3. Reflect upon their own values and attitudes towards families, communities and citizenship and articulate the impact of these on their practice.
4. Develop strategies to establish and strengthen a range of collaborations and connections with families and the broader community.
5. Design and evaluate learning opportunities that contribute to children’s understanding and participation in the humanities learning areas, including history, geography and civics and citizenship.