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HSW219 - Self and Society

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: CBD*, Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)^

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Selma Macfarlane





Incompatible with: HSW112
Contact hours:

Campus: 2 hour seminar each week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin for the most part. Cloud students are also expected to attend a one day workshop at Waterfront (Geelong) on Thursday 17 September from 9 am to 4.50 pm.


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery
^Cloud (online) students are expected to attend a one day seminar at Waterfront (Geelong)


This unit provides an overview of theories about the social construction of the self. It will ground these theories in an analysis of human development across the life course in the context of the major social divisions in society. More specifically, the unit explores: agency-structure debates and the role of subjectivity in shaping the self; theories of human and family development across the lifespan, including the social construction of childhood; the self as both a relational and autonomous being; contributions from humanism, feminism, psychoanalysis and postmodern thinking to developing an understanding of the self; and the role of privilege and oppression in shaping the individual.


Assessment task 1: Three reflective journals (1500 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2000 words) 50%
Assessment task 3: Participation 10%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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