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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rachael Fullam


This unit has been designed to create a developmental context for understanding a range of issues which characterise at risk behaviour in youth. Students will gain a broader understanding of these behaviours, as seen from a range of perspectives: legal, epidemiological, psychological, sociological and psychiatric. The unit will be of interest to those currently working with at risk youth as well as providing insights into the aetiology of a range of maladaptive behaviours in adult life.


Upon completion of this unit the student will:

  1. Discuss the interface between children and the legal system;
  2. Outline the basic principles of assessment and management of risk in childhood and adolescence;
  3. Describe critically the evidence relating to long term consequence of adverse experiences in childhood and adolescence;
  4. Outline a developmentally appropriate decision making process.


Workshop presentation - 10%
Structured Learning Task - 30%
Essay - 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Stefan Luebbers

Off-campus attendance requirements

One-day workshop on campus.