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.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Online
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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

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.

Syllabus

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS513 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Online quiz
10
2
Case study
40
3
Adolescent program analysis
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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