Human Risk and Vulnerable Populations

Subject 196-002 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Students are expected to devote approximately 7 hours per week to this subject.(30 contact hours, 24 hours class preparation and reading, 30 hours assessment related tasks)
Prerequisites: Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work. This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Louise Harms
Subject Overview:

This subject explores a range of vulnerable populations and psycho-social problems such as mental health, child abuse, drug and alcohol dependence, disability and chronic illness. After taking this subject students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of debates about their social construction and their epidemiology and etiology, as well as the subjective experiences of affected individuals and their significant others.

Assessment: A 2000-word essay 50% (due mid-semester) and a 2000-word essay 50% (due at the end of semester). A hurdle requirement of a minimum of 75% attendance of tutorials required.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookroom.Understanding Human Development: A multi-dimensional approach (L Harms), Oxford University Press 2005
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to critically analyse texts;
  • be able to understand social, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of human experience and practices;
  • be able to link theory and practice;
  • be able to undertake independent research;
  • be able to communicate effectively in writing.

Links to further information:

The disciplines of Nursing and Social Work are now co-managed within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. At the time of publication Social Work subjects are under the administrative management of the School of Nursing.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts

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