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

  • On-campus: 12 hours Face to face+Blended Swinburne online - Nil

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22





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.

Courses with unit

BA-EDUEC Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
DP-EDU Diploma of Education Studies
AB-EDU Associate Degree of Education