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. Emotional development is explained with particular reference to individual variation. This subject considers both genetic and environmental variations in emotional development. It concentrates on the influence of adverse environments on the infant, child and adolescent. It examines current programs that address childhood adversity and builds student capacity in supporting their sustainability.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS513. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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 an understanding of a child's feelings so that the actions taken are in accordance with a child's best interests; and
  • be able to analyse existing programs for children from adversity, and suggest modifications and adaptations for local use.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The neurological basis of development
  • Emotional development in infancy through to adolescence
  • When things go wrong in emotional development
  • Oppositional behaviour, aggression and anxiety
  • Understanding children in social/emotional difficulty
  • Dependency, attachment and temperament
  • Resilience and factors that minimise the long term effects of adversity
  • Caring for children from adversity
  • Forming, analysing and evaluating programs for children from adversity


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.