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SWK2040 - Introduction to human development B: Person and environment

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Kerry Brydon


Singapore Term 4 2007 (Flexible)


This unit introduces students to key sociological concepts that influence human development and behaviour. A range of areas will be examined including issues of the psychosocial person, the spiritual person and narrative approaches. Social institutions and structures that influence families and communities will be identified and examined.
This unit is intended to compliment Introduction to human development A. Introduction to human development A offers a theoretical overview of human development whereas Introduction to human development B seeks to locate the human experience in the social context.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. explain the effects on individuals of their physical, social, emotional and political environments;
  2. identify and critique influences of gender, culture, sexuality and political structures on human experience; and
  3. present their knowledge in a range of ways including graphically, written and oral.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Essay (2000 words): 30%
class presentation: 20%