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Unit description

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.  Understanding and theorising human development from a life course perspective
2.  Understanding health, well-being and disability, and inter-professional work in health settings
3.  Social work practice with people in different age groups - building resilience and aiding recovery
4.  Infancy
5.  Early childhood
6.  Middle childhood
7.  Adolescence
8.  Early adulthood
9.  Middle adulthood
10. Late adulthood
11. Consolidating a framework for social work practice across the lifespan

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1explain the relevance of human development theories for engaging with people at different points in the lifespanKnowledge of a discipline
2explain 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 recoveryKnowledge of a discipline
3critically 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 healthCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate social work practice skills in assessing and working with people with mental health needs and their partners, family members and friends.Communication and social skills

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: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain 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: Knowledge of a discipline
  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: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate social work practice skills in assessing and working with people with mental health needs and their partners, family members and friends.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours per week (12 weeks )
Assessment
Exam: take home30%
Clinical skills30%
Presentation40%
ParticipationSR

Teaching method
Workshop online 2 hours per week (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour per week (12 weeks)
Assessment
Exam: take home30%
Clinical skills30%
Presentation40%
ParticipationSR
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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