Course Title: Loss, Trauma and Grief

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Loss, Trauma and Grief

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

HWSS1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

HWSS2162

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex18 (ISV)

HWSS1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex21 (All)

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Robyn Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 1397

Course Coordinator Email: robyn.martin@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 08.10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment please email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge 

The course assumes that students have basic interpersonal skills for working directly with service users and their supporters.


Course Description

This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the knowledge, skills and values required to work with people who experience trauma, loss and grief. While loss, grief and trauma may be experienced as distinct events, this course takes a comprehensive and holistic approach, exploring how trauma relates to loss and grief. Critical, trauma informed practice principles are the foundation of the course. Socio-political factors which intersect with the experience of trauma, loss and grief are considered critically. Lived experience is valued and forms a core part of the learning and teaching experience. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes of the following program: BP322 Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies   

1.Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect upon the factors, agencies and influences that shape the life-worlds, experiences and aspirations of young people to consider enabling models of practice and interventions   

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes of BH105/106 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Bachelor of Social Work/Psychology (Honours)
2. Apply a body of interdisciplinary knowledge, values and skills in working with and for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities
3. Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on issues of social disadvantage, marginalisation and oppression in both local and international contexts, and proactively work to promote social justice and human rights
4. demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts
6 work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice
7. Apply initiative and ethical judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your current and continuing professional practice

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes of BP112 Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology):
2. Critically analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical and professional insights from the psychological and social sciences to reflect on the challenges facing professional practice in a rapidly changing world.
4. Work professionally, ethically and effectively with others from diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Explain key theories and concepts underpinning trauma, loss and grief.
  2. Describe the impact of political, social, cultural and psychological factors on perceptions and experiences of trauma, loss and grief.
  3. Respond to disclosures of trauma, loss and grief. 
  4. Critically evaluate your knowledge, ideas, values and skills in relation to loss, trauma and grief. 


Overview of Learning Activities

 

You will engage in a range of learning and development activities such as seminars, interactive workshops, class and small group discussions, individual activities and reflection, simulations and independent reading and research.

The course is taught as an intensive and will involve learning and teaching activities before the commencement of the face-to-face teaching component. You will also be required to undertake readings, reflections and activities between each week of the intensive.

Exploring situations associated with the subjects of loss, trauma and grief may at times be uncomfortable or challenging and the tasks and lectures set for you before the class starts will help you prepare for this course.

Your attendance is necessary so that you can build knowledge and skills and assess your relationship to the topics.

 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through Canvas.  

A list of recommended learning resources will be available Canvas including books, articles, videos and web resources. 

Prior to commencement of the intensive, a series of lectures, activities and resources will be posted in Canvas. Students must complete this part of the course before attending the intensive. 

You will also be supported to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

• Assessment 1: Essay (30%) (1000 words) CLOs 1 and 2

• Assessment 2: Simulation – (40%) (15 minutes + 750 Words) CLOs 3

• Assessment 3: Trauma informed practice framework - (30%) CLOs 3 and 4

While feedback is provided on all assessment tasks, the amount will vary according to the assessment task.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.