Contemporary Issues for Children and Families

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This postgraduate unit provides a comprehensive analysis of children in society, particularly their lives within the family unit in Australia.

Provided online by Open Universities Australia and Griffith University, the program takes a theoretical but multidisciplinary approach, by examining and discussing children’s rights, the sociology of childhood and the ecology of human development.

Rather than an abstract perspective, the unit is focused on applying the theoretical basis above to the contemporary issues that impact upon children and families in Australia, and the ways that society addresses them.

Contemporary Issues for Children and Families will draw on academic literature and encourage debate and interrogation of the roles of the family, institutions, and the community as a whole to provide for children’s rights, protection and participation.

This unit is designed to give students the essential knowledge and skills for working with children aged 0-18 years, and their families, in a variety of complex situations.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Foundations of Social Work Practice

Applicants must also be accepted into the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

Areas of study

In this Contemporary Issues for Children and Families unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Notions of childhood, the family and parent
  • The postmodern child, family and parent
  • Children – rights and responsibilities
  • Engaging and communicating with children
  • Producing proper parents
  • Inclusion and isolation
  • Children and mental health

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Contemporary Issues for Children and Families is a postgraduate unit that will benefit students pursuing a career in social practice, or continuing with further academic study. The unit will enable the student to understand and evaluate the importance of considering different perspectives when working with children and families. You will explore the many complexities that affect children and families in contemporary Australia, such as the notion of diversity and propriety.Through debating and exploring different conceptions of children, childhood, family and parenting, you will build an awareness of how these constructs both restrict and enable participation in social practice. You will also develop critical reflexive research and analytical skills, useful both for further academic study and in social practice. Developing the ability to scrutinise current social practice and how certain forms of practice have become normalised is another key skill that this unit will develop. This will enable you to challenge existing views of practice in order to push boundaries and explore new approaches for working with children and their families. The course also teaches students to examine the importance of instilling a strong sense of justice when developing partnerships with stakeholders working with children and families.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Contemporary Issues for Children and Families from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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