Short Title:Social Justice in Early Childhood Care & Education
Full Title:Social Justice in Early Childhood Care & Education
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SOJU H4002
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Child Care and youth services
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Zuzana Tesarova
Module Description:This module aims to develop the student’s awareness of Social Justice as relevant to the ECEC setting and society. It builds on the Equality and Diversity Module and brings more depth to the exploration of multiple identities including culture, ability/disability, class, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, language and family status. To begin it provides a historical overview of the development of diversity in Irish society. Students then explore current policies and the legislative context regarding equality and diversity. A more in-depth exploration of their own values and attitudes, and a critique of the effects of racism, sexism and ableism on children and families will be undertaken. Students will explore Social Justice concepts including an in-depth analysis of equality and rights. Finally the module addresses practical issues for ECEC settings from policy to practice drawing on the work of the Departments of Education and Skills, Children and Youth Affairs and on international context.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Investigate the origins of the increased diversity in Ireland and current trends in addition to the government policies and current legislation regarding equality and diversity.
LO2 Formulate a critical awareness of his/her own cultural identity, values and beliefs and a recognition of the funds of knowledge that other individuals, families and communities hold.
LO3 Synthesise the concept and various aspects of equality such as, equality of respect and recognition, equality of love, care and solidarity, equality of resourcing, equality of work and learning, and power relations as relevant to a Social Justice position.
LO4 Critically reflect on current thinking and approaches to diversity and equality in ECCE in both national and international contexts.
LO5 Critique challenges facing new communities in Ireland, Travellers and Roma, diverse family structures,disability, LGBT, class and gender in the early learning sphere.
LO6 Demonstrate how to address policy issues in the ECCE setting and prepare exercises or activities for addressing diversity and equality with staff and when working with children and families from diverse backgrounds.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 1,2,3,4,5,6 100.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Baker, J., Lynch, K., Cantillon, S. and Walsh, J. 2016, Equality, Springer [ISBN: 0230250416]
  • Derman-Sparks, L., LeeKeenan, D. and Nimmo, J. 2015, Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs, Teachers College Press [ISBN: 0807773409]
  • Freire, P. 2009, Teachers As Cultural Workers, Westview Press [ISBN: 0786737239]
  • Murray, C. and Urban, M. 2012, Diversity & Equality in Early Childhood, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 0717149943]
  • Robinson, K. and Jones Diaz, C. 2005, Diversity And Difference In Early Childhood Education: Issues For Theory And Practice, McGraw-Hill Education (UK) [ISBN: 033521682X]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Barnardos 2006, Diversity in Early Childhood. A collection of essays, Barnardos Dublin
  • Bernard van Leer Foundation 2008, Enhancing a sense of belonging in the early years, Bernard van Leer Foundation Hague
  • Bernard van Leer Foundation 2007, Promoting social inclusion and respect for diversity in the early years, Bernard van Leer Foundation
  • Byram, M., Nichols, A., Stevens, D. 2001, Developing Intercultural Competence in Practice, Multilingual Matters [ISBN: 1853595365]
  • Freire, P. 2018, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Bloomsbury Publishing USA [ISBN: 1501314130]
  • Gannon, M. 2002, Changing Perspectives, CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit [ISBN: 9780946791200]
  • Gonzalez, N., Moll, L. C., Amanti, C. 2006, Funds of Knowledge, Routledge [ISBN: 1135614059]
  • Mac Gréil, M. and O Cuiv, E. 2011, Pluralism and Diversity in Ireland, Columba Press (IE) [ISBN: 1856077373]
  • Lane, J. 2008, Young Children and Racial Justice, JKP [ISBN: 1905818254]
  • Murphy Kilbride, K. 1997, Include Me Too!, Harcourt Brace Canada [ISBN: 0774733586]
  • Sapon-Shevin, M. 2007, Widening the Circle, Beacon Press [ISBN: 0807032816]
  • Smith, P., B., Harris Bond, M., Kagitcibasi, C. 2006, Understanding Social Psychology Across Cultures, SAGE [ISBN: 1412903661]
  • Van Keulen, A. 2006, Young Children Aren't Biased, are They?!, SWP [ISBN: 9066655380]
  • Yelland, N. 2005, Critical Issues In Early Childhood Education, McGraw-Hill Education (UK) [ISBN: 0335215963]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HCHCE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Care and Education 8 Mandatory