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This subject examines the ways in which social work understands the inner and outer world dimensions of human vulnerability, adaptation and resilience across the lifespan. The usefulness of theories of grief, stress and trauma for understanding individuals’ capacity for coping with adversity is examined critically, as are understandings of diversity.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject explores individual and environmental sources of risk and resilience. Stress, trauma and grief theories are examined as they apply across the lifespan. At the end of this subject, you will be expected to be able to:
- apply your understanding of a multidimensional approach to specific human experiences of adversity and diversity
- analyse social contexts in relation to their oppressive and protective dimensions
- identify significant biopsychosocial-spiritual transitions across the lifespan and the influence of gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and other dimensions of diversity on these transitions
- critically assess the coping and adaptation processes of individual’s facing adversity and identify the implications for social work practice
- critically reflect on these theoretical perspectives and their implicit value assumptions as well as your own subjective positioning.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- critically analyse texts and practices;
- understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice;
- link theory to practice;
- competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
- undertake independent research.
Last updated: 2 December 2019