Course Title: Children in Development and Humanitarian Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Children in Development and Humanitarian Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2419

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Vandra Harris

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2960

Course Coordinator Email: vandra.harris@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.25

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A basic understanding of international development is assumed in this course.


Course Description

Children’s experiences and nutrition in their first 5 years of life are critical to brain development, significantly influencing their capacity through the rest of their lives, yet young children receive little attention in tertiary programs on development and humanitarian assistance. Similarly teenagers experience a vitally important surge in brain development yet receive little more attention.   This course therefore explores the actual and potential intersections between child development and the programs and strategies of international development and humanitarian practice. You will analyse contemporary and historical practices from a child-centred perspective, and will work to develop thoughtful and effective responses in the form of both mainstreamed and child-focused practices.   This course will be delivered by RMIT staff with experience in development and education, as well as professionals from NGOs, international organisations and government.  Like other courses in the International Development program, it has a very practical focus and delivery mode, integrating theory and practice to engage you with real issues facing children in these challenging environments and the organisations seeking to enable them to thrive.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

 

 


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:   i. Articulate a critical understanding of the impact of children’s development on their adult lives and capabilities  ii. Critically reflect on specific concerns relating to children and their development in development and humanitarian environments. iii. Critically reflect on and synthesise current debates and practices relating to children’s development in these contexts. iv. Apply and extend principles for designing child-focused programs, and mainstreaming into other program areas.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities including lectures; individual and class activities; online and/or face-to-face discussion; analysis of cases; guest lectures; and assessment tasks. Face-to-face and online students may be required to work together in a blended mode for learning and assessment exercises.   You are expected to read the required materials available online and refer to additional reading material in your assessment tasks. It is advisable to take notes as you read and constantly reflect on the questions raised.       


Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources, all of which will be available through our online systems.    You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.   The University Library has extensive resources for international development students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.   The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.


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 will normally take the following form, with details spelled out in detailed course guide.    Task 1: Active and thoughtful engagement in class and online discussions and activities, demonstrating critical reading of required materials and attention to lecture and seminar content.  Weighting, 20%. Relevant course learning outcomes: i, ii Task 2: Case study analysis. Weighting 40%. 2,000 words. Relevant course learning outcomes: i, ii, iii. Task 3: Child-focused proposal building on case study analysis, applying course learning to real-world development and humanitarian challenges. Weighting 40% Equivalent word length 2,000 words. Relevant course learning outcomes: i, ii, iii, iv.    Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will have the opportunity to tailor your focus to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. 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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment