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)

HWSS2217

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS2217

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex21 (All)

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Robyn Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1397

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

Course Coordinator Location: 8.10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment please email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge 

The course assumes that students have a basic understanding of working with, and providing services directly to, service users and their supporters.


Course Description

This course introduces students to key theories, practice skills, ideas and ways of working 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 central, valued and a core element of the learning and teaching experience. 
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is an option course at a postgraduate level and as such does not contribute to any program learning outcomes.


Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Analyse the impact of diverse political, social, cultural and psychological discourses on perceptions of loss and trauma.
  2. Critically evaluate competing theories informing trauma, loss and grief.
  3. Appraise your values regarding experiences of loss, trauma and grief.
  4. Formulate trauma informed practice responses 
  5. Engage in practice which acknowledges the fundamentally multicultural nature of contemporary societies and acknowledges the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, seeking to promote the rights of these groups


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of 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. 

Exploring situations associated with the subject of loss, trauma and grief may at times be uncomfortable or challenging.  

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 on 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 Task 1: Essay, 50% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 2: Simulated recording and reflection, 50%, CLO3 and CLO4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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.