EMH302 Pedagogy of Relationships (8)


Through this subject students will explore the importance and complexity of relationships within the field of early childhood education. Drawing and building upon students' understanding of relationships, the subject analyses relationships between children and the environment and materials, and among people in the early learning setting using ecological and sociocultural frames. Students will explore approaches to invite parent and community engagement.  Various approaches will be used to invite the perspectives of other significant people in the child’s context.  Students will be introduced to the constructs of communities of learners and critical friends and to the mediating role of relationships in learning.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalNorthern Sydney Institute
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMH302
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years) or as approved by the respective Course Coordinator or Course Director.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • utilise ecological theory and sociocultural frames of analysis to interpret personal, interpersonal and cultural perspectives of learning contexts and relationships;
  • identify and give visibility to respectful and responsive relationships with and among children, families and communities;
  • demonstrate strategies for engaging effectively in a wide range of relationships, enacting social justice;
  • demonstrate understanding of the nature and enactment of power in relationships;
  • describe the enactment of democracy in early learning settings;
  • describe elements that contribute to the formation and maintenance of communities of learners;
  • document their own involvement within communities of learners; and
  • give visibility to children's capacity to make relations with the environment, materials and people.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ecological and sociocultural perspectives in understanding relationships.
  • Elements of respectful, responsive relationships among and between children, families, educators and other professionals and with communities.
  • Enacting social justice and a pedagogy of listening.
  • Elements of democratic practice in early childhood programs.
  • Creating classroom communities that care.
  • Building relationships with children, families and communities through a variety of strategies, including pedagogical documentation.
  • Creating and working in communities of learners.

Specialised Resources

For this subject students require a laptop computer and/or appropriate mobile device. 


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.