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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Develops an understanding of human development across the lifespan particularly with respect to changes in health and wellbeing. Explores the potential of social work practice with people of different ages, health conditions and disabilities. Focuses on social work practice with people experiencing mental health issues and strategies for promoting mental health in diverse communities.

Unit content

1. Lifespan perspectives and life stages
2. Understanding and theorising human development, including child development, and sexuality
3. Social work practice with people in different age groups
4. Understanding health, wellbeing and disability, including social determinants of health and stigma
5. Social work roles in building resilience and aiding recovery
6. Inter-professional work in health settings
7. Physical health and disability across the lifespan
8. Intellectual and cognitive disability across the lifespan
9. Mental health across the lifespan
10. Social work with people with mental health needs, their partners, family members and friends

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the relevance of human development theories for engaging with people at different points in the lifespan
2 rxplain the potential and scope of social work practice with people across the lifespan, particularly with respect to health and wellbeing, and in building resilience and facilitating recovery
3 critically evaluate the ways in which social workers can work with individuals, groups and communities to respond effectively to health and disability needs, particularly with respect to mental health
4 demonstrate social work practice skills in assessing and working with people with mental health needs and their partners, family members and friends.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the relevance of human development theories for engaging with people at different points in the lifespan
    • GA4:
  2. rxplain the potential and scope of social work practice with people across the lifespan, particularly with respect to health and wellbeing, and in building resilience and facilitating recovery
    • GA4:
  3. critically evaluate the ways in which social workers can work with individuals, groups and communities to respond effectively to health and disability needs, particularly with respect to mental health
    • GA6:
  4. demonstrate social work practice skills in assessing and working with people with mental health needs and their partners, family members and friends.
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Bland, R, Renouf, N & Tullgren, A, 2009, Social Work Practice in Mental Health, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
  • Harms, L, 2010, Understanding Human Development: A Multidimensional Approach, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.