Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 children's 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 currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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


Course 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

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree or equivalent

Assessment items

Project: Projects

Online Learning Activity: Postings in Blackboard Discussion

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL exercises