EDUC204-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Promoting Child and Adolescent Wellbeing and Health

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course will explore ways in which wellbeing, resilience, and positive developmental trajectories may be promoted from infancy through adolescence. Current research and theoretical models will be used to explore a number of critical issues related to health and wellbeing in a New Zealand context from a developmental perspective.

EDUC204 integrates key theories and evidence-based research within developmental, educational, and positive psychology. What is well-being? What is resilience? How do children and adolescents cope? And how might they thrive? This course explores these thought-provoking questions (and more!) by exploring a variety of educational contexts from the classroom to informal learning environments. EDUC204 takes a holistic perspective to identify supportive conditions that promote academic achievement and personal well-being in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the foundational tenets of resilience, positive youth development, and strength-based theories.
2. Students will apply the core concepts of developmental, educational and positive psychology to the promotion of well-being and health.
3. Students will demonstrate understanding of the basic principles for evaluating evidence-based literature.
4. Students will demonstrate an emerging understanding of the multidimensional and complex nature of developmental, educational and positive psychology processes that contribute to well-being and health.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


30 points in EDUC or PSYC, or permission of the Head of School

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 James Logie 104 16 Jul - 19 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 A9 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 19 Aug
10 Sep - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Veronica O'Toole


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-Class Weekly Discussion Preparation and Participation 15%
"Small Win" Wellbeing Project 24 Aug 2018 40%
Social Emotional Wellbeing Intervention 19 Oct 2018 45%


Readings will be posted on the course Learn website for students to download.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

All EDUC204 Occurrences

  • EDUC204-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018
  • EDUC204-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)