Human Resilience across the Lifespan

Subject 586-201 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

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 individual and environmental sources of resilience and vulnerability. Concepts relating to stress, trauma and loss are examined across the human life span. After taking this subject, students should be able to identify factors within the individual and the social environment which shape responses to adversity. They should also be able to reflect critically upon different theoretical perspectives and values as they relate to the content of this subject.

Assessment: A 1000-word essay 25% (due mid-semester) and a 3000-word essay 75% (due at the end of semester). A hurdle requirement of a minimum 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:
  • critically analyse texts;

  • link theory and practice;

  • understand social, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of human experience and practices;

  • undertake independent research;

  • 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.

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