The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Families are the cornerstone of all societies. This course will introduce students to the trans-disciplinary field of the study of families. Students will use various theoretical and practice approaches to understanding families. The complex nature of issues facing families throughout the lifecourse is explored. Students will investigate contemporary integrated and collaborative models of practice that impact on these seemingly intractable issues.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Investigate the study of families as a multi-disciplinary field (main theories and perspectives, ecological, lifecourse).

2. Analyse and apply theoretical and practice frameworks about family forms and functions.

3. Assess the impact of attachment, development and trauma on family functioning across the lifecourse.

4. Judge the collective impact and value of prevention and early intervention through integrated family services.


  • The study of families as a multi-disciplinary field (major theoretical and practice frameworks: ecological approach, family systems, lifecourse perspective, strengths perspective, attachment);
  • Variations in family form (diversity through changing social and global influences; types of families, demographics, migration);
  • Complex, entrenched and intergenerational issues in working with families;
  • Integrated prevention and early intervention service models.

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant cognate area and/or equivalent professional experience in the field.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study