Father Engagement - Theory and Practice

Course code HLSC6104Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Developing father-inclusive practice in a service commonly requires adjustments at the organisation, procedure, and practitioner levels. This course will focus on developing advance skills in father-inclusive practice so that fathers are engaged with services for the benefit of the family. Research and case studies from a range of disciplines will be used to explore those aspects of fathering which impact on childrens well being. Examples of recent initiatives aimed at engaging with fathers from different backgrounds will allow students to identify suitable approaches to recruiting and engaging fathers in specific service settings.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are to:
1. Critique the evidence relating fathering to child development
2. Critically examine the impact of father roles and family configurations on professional practice
3. Develop advanced skills in father engagement
4. Critically reflect on personal beliefs and professional responsibilities that impact on father engagement
5. Critique the way in which father engagement can enhance professional practice
ContentCourse content will cover:
1. What does father-inclusive practice entail?
2. Reasons for engaging fathers
3. Overview of research on father-child involvement
4. Strategies and tools for engaging fathers
5. Case studies from a range of disciplines
6. Critical reflection on the application of father engagement in a range of fields of study
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Postings in Blackboard Discussion
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
ProjectsProject plan
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term