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HSW219 - Self and Society

Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

S Macfarlane

Incompatible with: HSW112

You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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. The unit will examine theoretical frameworks for understanding how the experiences of oppression and domination are internalized; humanism, personal growth and alienation; psychoanalytical theory, politics and the psyche; material conditions, social practices and lived experience; feminism, psychology and gendered subjectivities; postmodernism, discourse and subjectivity; the social construction of childhood; spirituality, ageing and diversity and ecopsychology, nature and the ecological self.


Assignment 1 - four reflective journals (2000 words) 50%, assignment 2 (2000 words) 50%

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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