Sociological discourse in Early Childhood Education and Care


This module will examine some of the main questions raised in the field of the Sociology of Childhood. It will explore various perspectives to evaluate the concept of the 'child' and the 'image' of the child. The purpose of the exploration is to arrive at an appreciation that the meaning of 'child' is a non-stable concept which fluctuates according to cultural context and temporal influences. The module will explore various sociological perspectives in relation to socialisation, gender, poverty and social class.  The module will guide the learner to recognise the parameters of sociology in understanding the child and childhood in a holistic way.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the term socialisation and its significance in relation to childhood development.  

  2. Identify social, cultural, political and economic factors that influence childhood opportunities 

  3. Outline the social processes that categorise children into different social groups.

  4. Apply sociological frameworks to Early Year settings to promote inclusion 

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