Orientation to the Profession

Subject 472-103 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials over the semester and may include field visits to services for children 0-8 years
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Jane Page
Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with a mapping framework to understand the fundamental structural and organisational elements of the early childhood field in contemporary Australia. It begins by examining the notion of a profession and professionalism, as it relates to the early childhood profession. It will study the roots of the early childhood field by exploring the philosophical, historical, political, economic and social forces which have shaped its growth and development. Students will be introduced to the wide range of services accessible by children aged 0-8 years, and these in turn, provide a range of career opportunities for early childhood professionals.

Objectives: Information Not Available

An assignment of 2000 words and a 2-hour written examination.

Prescribed Texts:

Prescribed Texts:

  • The Politics of Australian Child Care: From Philanthropy to Feminism (D Brennan), Sydney, Cambridge University Press, 1998
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

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