• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

?Children? have long been a central concern within social policy, with rhetoric about the welfare and interests of children commonplace. Traditionally, however, children have not been considered stakeholders in social planning or policy. Rather, they are construed as victims, beneficiaries or passive recipients. While such constructions continue, there has been a radical reappraisal in some quarters, based largely on ideas about the human rights of children embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This has opened the way for greater recognition of the complexities of children?s roles within societies.

This course aims to critically explore and challenge conventional concepts about child welfare, child protection and children?s place in society ? and resulting social policies. It will give students an opportunity to explore and analyse emerging approaches to children and social policy in both ?developed? and ?developing? countries.

Topics covered include:

  • Critiques of child welfare
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Children and citizenship
  • The best interests principle
  • Parental and family roles and rights
  • The impact of social policy on children
  • Child protection
  • Support for ?children at risk?
  • Ethical approaches to working with children

Indicative Assessment

3 brief notes (10% each), Participation in WebCT discussion (15%), Policy Analysis Paper (55%)

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weekly seminars (see timetable)


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1338
2014 $3582
2013 $3582
2012 $3582
2011 $3576
2010 $3570
2009 $3570
2008 $3402
2007 $3132
2006 $3084
2005 $2988
2004 $2412
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3672
2014 $4146
2013 $4140
2012 $4140
2011 $4134
2010 $4134
2009 $4002
2008 $4002
2007 $3864
2006 $3864
2005 $3864
2004 $3864
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