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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Lesley Hewitt


A life course approach to human development with particular emphasis on life stage transitions, including death, variations in human behaviour, and the impact of specific life crises, and consideration of the implications for social work practice.


Students who have completed this unit should be able to understand and explain the specific developmental tasks confronting individuals throughout the lifespan, including the courses of variation in individual development; critically evaluate the values and assumptions underpinning various theoretical approaches to human development; demonstrate an awareness of the impact of gender, disability, sexuality, class and culture on development, as well as the impact on individuals of non-normative events such as family violence and family breakdown; and be able to apply this knowledge to professional, ethical social work practice.


Assignment (2000 words): 40%
Assignment: 60%.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Lesley Hewitt

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Completion of 48 points at first-year level. Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.