Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
Monash Passport categoryDepth (Enhance Program)
OfferedNot offered in 2013


Students will each undertake collaborative research in one community-based placement. Local projects will be offered to students in the following fields: social determinants of childhood injury; child and family access to local recreational and sports facilities; and supporting vision impaired children in a new school environment. Students also have the opportunity to undertake interstate research with World Vision Australia in the student's chosen area of interest pertaining to indigenous children's well-being, health and safety.


This innovative and engaging unit aims to enhance students' understanding of the broad nature of child well being and to allow students to explore the multi-disciplinary nature of child welfare and the responses needed to support and enhance child well-being, safety and protection. The unit will draw on expertise from early childhood, social welfare, accident prevention and health promotion to distinguish between the complexities of 'abuse', 'accident', 'child protection' and 'education' and consider their interplay in socially inclusive strategies for making children safe and for optimising their physical and mental health and well being.

Content will be presented in five contexts: "the child", "family and home", "local community", "state/national", and "global". Content will be offered through weekly expert seminars, where students will be invited to critique problems, issues and responses drawn from real practice. Selected seminars may be held as open community lecture nights, where the speaker and topic may be of interest and benefit to the broader community.

In addition to the expert seminar series, a research component will address methodology and ethical research approaches.

Students will be offered a choice of community projects designed to address and promote child health, education and general well being. Students will select one project to explore and examine, in a collaborative fashion with other students, in which they will gain rich experiences and hands-on research within the community


  • To identify the foundations and contemporary understanding of children's rights, well being and welfare and how these concepts contribute to ensuring that children are happy, healthy and safe.

  • Recognise child welfare concerns as occurring at local, national and global levels; and to identify the responsibilities and partnerships between family, community and government.

  • Conceptualise and plan collaborative, cross-disciplinary interventions to address specific child welfare concerns.

  • Apply research skills ethically and professionally to evaluate local, national and global child welfare initiatives.


Joint research report: 10,000 word report on community field research (2500 words per student x 4) (70%)
Individual reflective assignment: 2000 words (30%)
Student research plan: verbal presentation (hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

4 hours of contact time per week (2 hour seminar and discussion, 2 hour research tutorial).
Average total of 12 hours per week of on- and off-campus learning.

Off-campus attendance requirements

8 hours per week. On average, 4 hours allocated to weekly readings, online discussions and completion of assessment tasks, and 4 hours of involvement in community-based project .Of note, student time spent on their community-based project may peak at certain times during semester.

Average total of 12 hours per week of on- and off-campus learning.


Must have passed 96 credit points in the enrolling course.