Human Development in Social Context

    Unit code: ASW2103 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    96 credit points of First year core ABSW units for students enrolled in ABSW. 96 credit points of First Year core HCSP units for students enrolled in HCSP.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit explores some of the key concepts in understanding social and human behaviour across the lifespan. It also introduces the lifespan from infancy to old age accounting for the individual, social, cultural and structural dimensions. It encourages students to make the links between their own personal values and a range of social and cultural phenomena, and the implications of this for social work practice.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of human development from infancy through to old age, using different theoretical perspectives;
    2. Reflect on personal experiences in light of human development theory; and
    3. Demonstrate a developing critical awareness of human development from a variety of cultural perspectives.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Quizzes (900 word equivalent) (2x15mins)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Group presentation and individual reflection (15mins)
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 50%
    Critical analysis of selected topic (1,800 word equivalent)

    Required reading

    A critical approach to human growth and development.
    Nicolson, P. (2014).| Palgrave Macmillan.
    Understanding human development
    Harms, L. (2021).| Oxford University Press.

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