Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


"-Human development is grounded in attachment relationships formed in early childhood, that are highly responsive to environments, cultures, and relationships, continuously adapting, organizing, reorganizing, and subject to change across the life span.

-Human development theorists influence our social and cultural perceptions of children in several ways

-cultural and societal factors influence the way in which child development is understood and studied.

-Indigenous knowledge systems and ways of being inform understandings of child development. Development of children as being interconnected with the well-being of the community and the environment, rather than solely as an individual process. Connectedness is promoted over individualism.

-Emerging prominence of neuroscience in human development allows critical understanding of child development and to develop interventions and practices that support healthy and trauma-responsive development in children.

In this context of human development, social and cultural ways of knowing and being are critically explored and expand the understanding of child development. "

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Social Work major sequence

Students are able to (1) critically appraise key theories and perspectives on human development, including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development; (2) describe the importance of childhood within human development; (3) analyse the influence of societal and cultural factors on human development; (4) recognise the role neuroscience holds for informing our perception of social inequalities on human development; and (5) understand professionalism in a social work academic and practice role.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) case study; and (3) professional behaviour. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the professional behaviour component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sipho Sibanda
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.