Working with Grief and Loss

Course code SWRK6600Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course encourages those working in the field of human services to explore current social understanding and theoretical concepts informing contemporary responses to grief and loss. Focusing on the theories underpinning social constructionism, meaning and strengths participants will critically reflect on social interventions ranging from counselling through to community capacity building. The learning processes will require course participants to apply theory and intervention to authentic work and life experience.

Not available in 2015

Objectivesa. Students will develop the capacity to reflect critically on current perspectives on grief and loss and the consequent impact on society.
b. Students will gain an understanding of the theory relating to a range of contemporary practices in relation to grief and loss.
c. Students will apply theory and current social understandings to authentic work and life experience through exploring an area of choice in depth.
ContentThe course covers the following areas:
1. Developments in loss and grief over time.
2. Current theoretical approaches to loss and grief.
3. Current trends in social interventions in loss and grief.
4. Processes for applying current knowledge to working in a human service context.
Replacing Course(s)New course
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgen/a
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1. Online discussion paper and responses (1500 words) 40%

2. Written assignment (3500 words) 60%
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term