Self in Society 2

Course code 75203

This course builds on the sociological concepts introduced in Self in Society 1.  It provides an in depth examination of the histories of early childhood services and the political, contested nature of the early childhood curriculum.

You will investigate debates around what knowledge is valued and why, including ways in which dominant values are enacted in curriculum. Debates are extended to multi-cultural perspectives and the issues and tensions for early childhood teachers when attempting to meet the needs and aspirations of pluralistic societies.  

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 5 Feb 2019 to start 18 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 24 Jun 2019 to start 8 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $830 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Examine the discourses and debates around the notion of quality in early childhood settings 
  • Discuss the impact of multiculturalism on a bicultural early childhood curriculum 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, politics, key movements and people, who have contributed to the development of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Evaluate and compare the Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood curriculum with other approaches and models of educational curricula 
  • Outline the history and socio-political events leading to the development of the national early childhood curriculum Te Whariki in light of future directions for early childhood curricula.


This course is 100% internally assessed


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.

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