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This course examines the applications to human services of primary knowledge about human functioning and social behaviours, drawing on contemporary theories of psychosocial processes. The course explores selected developmental and external challenges facing children and families in New Zealand. The focus of the course is on usual developmental processes and the interface between individual and societal expectations, and implications for social service delivery.
In this course you will explore selected developmental and external crises facing children and families, in particular in Aotearoa New Zealand. The focus is on normal developmental processes and the interface between persons/families/communities and human and social expectations, conditions (including ill health) and events (such as war or natural disasters). The implications for human service and social work practice are considered from a critical, analytic perspective. Whilst the course is delivered through lectures and film, it also aims to stimulate a participatory-reflective learning process. As part of this participatory-reflective process, students have the opportunity to prepare for reflective assessment projects through participation in group discussions of case studies during class and tutorial time.Learning Objectives• To promote an integrated understanding of persons/whānau/groups within biological, psychological, social, and cultural contexts• To consider child and whānau/family development in relation to the social environment, with particular emphasis on developmental and external crises and their resolution• To introduce the application of such knowledge to practice in the human services• To provide students with the opportunity for a reflective, participatory learning process
On the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to competently demonstrate: Knowledge about theories of human development and human behaviour across the lifespan. Knowledge about the reciprocal relationship between human development and life challenges faced by people in a range of socio-cultural contexts, in particular Aotearoa New Zealand Understanding of the impact of socio-ecological conditions, cultural diversity, and social justice on human development ande human behaviour Beginning understanding of reflective participatory learning processes, and understanding of how these contribute to the theory practice matrix. Capacity to undertake literature searches, and assess the relevance of literature to topics under consideration Capacity to engage in discussions and debates wherein they convey a beginning capacity to hypothesise or develop theoretical questions from data and literature.
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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 15 points at 100 level from HSRV orSOWK, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Kate van Heugten
Drewery, Wendy , Claiborne, Lise;
Human development :family, place, culture
McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students
Referencing for Social Work & Humans Services
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Social Work & Human Services
The administrator for the Human Services and Social Work Department is Denise Forbes and she can be located in room 310 in the Psychology/Sociology Building.
Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences