HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity (8)


This subject develops an understanding of the emotions of children from adverse circumstances. How children feel in such circumstances is of paramount importance in child welfare interventions. The course of emotional development is explained with particular reference to individual variation. This subject considers both genetic and environmental variations in emotional development but concentrates on the latter especially the influence of adverse environments on the infant, child and adolescent.

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Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One session.HD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Subject only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare) and the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recount in depth and critically consider issues in the emotional development of children and adolescents
  • be able to analyse the influence of different contexts, particularly family and society, on the emotional development of children and adolescents
  • be able to synthesise from evidence the emotional development of children and adolescents from adverse circumstances
  • be able to apply knowledge of the development (or lack of development) of the secondary social emotions in certain children to the part these emotions play in motivation in certain circumstances
  • be able to demonstrate and understanding of a child's feelings so that the actions taken are in accordance with a child's best interests.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • the neurological basis of development
  • emotion: What is it?
  • variation in emotion
  • emotional development in infancy
  • emotional development in toddlerhood
  • when things go wrong in emotional development
  • dependency, attachment and temperament
  • emotional development in early and middle childhood
  • oppositional behaviour, aggression and anxiety
  • emotional development in adolescence
  • understanding children in social/emotional difficulty


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.