TECE356-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)

Social and Cultural Studies 2

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course examines the role of early childhood professionals as advocates for children and families. Students will consider the parliamentary process, legislation and policy, and issues related to advocacy and children's rights.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of legislation relevant to early childhood settings and early childhood teaching
  • identify and analyse human rights issues in early childhood education
  • critically analyse the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its relevance to New Zealand and early childhood teaching
  • investigate current issues in early childhood education both nationally and internationally
  • critically analyse the role of the teacher as an advocate
  • identify and analyse ways in which an early childhood teacher can take part in decision making and advocacy processes about issues that relate to the early childhood field
  • demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between national structures/organisations and early childhood settings
  • critically analyse and evaluate issues related to inclusion in early childhood education within the social, cultural and political contexts of New Zealand


Timetable Note


Students enrolled in TECE356-16YA2(D) are required to attend a compulsory face-to-face On-site Intensive in Christchurch.

Any costs, including travel, accommodation, childcare etc, associated with attendance at the On-site Intensive are met by the student.

Course Coordinator

Glynne Mackey


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 50%
On-line Activities with Final Assessment 50%


Required Readings will be posted on 'LEARN'

Gunn, A.C. & Surtees, N. (2011). Matching parents' efforts: How teachers can resist heteronormativity in early education settings. Early Childhood Folio, 15(1). P27-31.
Early Childhood Folio Vol. 15 No. 1 (2011)

Hassall, M., Davies, E. (2003). The use and misuse of the UN Convention. In Childrenz Issues. Vol 7, No.1, 2003. pp 34-36.

Mische, P., & Harris, I. (2006). On the relationship between peace education and environmental education. Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict, (2005-2006 Annual Edition), 1-13. Retrieved from www.wisconsin-institute.org

Vasquez, V. M. (2007). Doing Critical Literacy with young children: Using the everyday to take up issues of social justice and equity in a pre-kindergarten setting. New England Reading Association Journal, 43(2), p6-11.

Wilson, R. (2009). The color green: A 'go' for peace education. Exchange., (May/June), 40-43. Retrieved from www.ChildCareExchange.com. Course Links Library http://library.canterbury.ac.nz

Contribution to the NZTC Graduating Teacher Standards
TECE356 contributes to the following NZTC graduating Teacher Standards:
Standard 3a,4d,4f,5b,6b.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations

Assessment and grading system

The assignments are graded against the University scale A+ to E. Satisfactory completion of the course overall to at least a C- grade is required in order to pass the course. All assignments must be submitted.

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over


Distance students are expected to attend class sessions during any compulsory On-site Intensive (OSI).  Students must also participate in the course sufficiently via Learn to meet the learning outcomes.

Grade moderation

The College undertakes a process of internal and external moderation of assessment. This is to ensure that the assessment system is fair, equitable, consistent and manageable.

Late submission of work

Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will be accepted up to one week after the due date. The highest grade a late assignment can achieve is a C-. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after the assignments have been returned to students.

Requests for extensions

Under exceptional circumstances (e.g.. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. There is, however, a limit to the length of time that an extension can be granted and this should be negotiated with the course coordinator in the first instance. Extensions will not normally be given for longer than one week from the due date, unless exceptional circumstances prevail. Extensions are not granted automatically to students. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the course coordinator at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required in order for the course coordinator to make a decision about whether or not to grant an extension. A copy of the course coordinator’s email confirming the extension (if granted) and any supporting documentation must be attached to and submitted with the assignment. Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due at about the same time. Students are encouraged to plan their work in a realistic manner and in advance so that they can meet their assessment deadlines.


If work meets most of the criteria required to pass, the student may be given the opportunity to resubmit an assessment to bring it to a passing standard. Resubmissions are restricted to work that is originally submitted on or before the due date. Late assignments will not be considered for resubmission. You must attach the original assignment and original marking sheet to your resubmit. A resubmitted assignment that meets requirements will be awarded a minimum passing grade. A resubmitted assignment that does not meet the passing standard will be awarded a ‘D’.

Special consideration of assessment items

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control, where:
(a)  they have suffered an acute illness, injury, or other reasonably unforeseeable circumstances:
i.    which has prevented them from completing any major item(s) of work for assessment in a course; or
ii.   which has impaired their performance (including by interruption of pre-assessment revision) to the extent that the result(s) are likely to underestimate their true and evidenced level of mastery of the material in the course;
i.    they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; or
ii.   they are members of a national cultural group on tour nationally or internationally.
Please note that applications must be supported by evidence.  Further details are available at the above link.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course and may not be available for some other items of assessment as specified in Course Outlines.  (Refer to specific Course Outlines for this information.)

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

NB: This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00pm on or before the due date. The lecturer may also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site. It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.) If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 0800 763 676 ext 6060.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education.

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