Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1Session 1

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Bland, R, Renouf, N & Tullgren, A, 2015, Social Work Practice in Mental Health, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW. ISBN: 9781743314753.
  • Harms, L, 2010, Understanding Human Development: A Multidimensional Approach, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN: 9780195551556.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (8 weeks )
Exam: take home30%
Clinical skills30%


Teaching method
Residential session 3.5 days (Once)
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: take home30%
Clinical skills30%

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

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