Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rika Swanzen (South Africa)


Previously coded CYD3050


The student needs to understand his or her role within a multi-disciplinary team working with dysfunctional families. The students will learn how to evaluate family functioning through the 'Person-in-Environment Classification System' and the Family and Community Functioning Model. Inadequate family boundaries cause a decrease in the security of children and for social ills such as child abuse to occur. The student will be oriented to the role of the child care worker in this problem.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of ecological assessments;
  2. Utilizing the person-in-environment classification system to evaluate family functioning within their environmental context;
  3. Discover family strengths and their social niche;
  4. Learn about child abuse types and how to approach it through child-friendly therapeutic aids;
  5. Familiarise oneself with the Rape Wise pack, aimed at preventative education that can be used in organisations and schools;
  6. Show efficiency in basic value-based sex education.


Tutorial Contribution: 10%;
Major essay (1,800 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Total assessment to be equal to 100%

Contact hours

Three 1- hour lectures per week
One 1- hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Child and youth development


ATS1285 and ATS1286 or CYD1010 and CYD1020