This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.
Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the ‘Requirements’ outlined in the Faculty of Arts of any bachelors double degrees.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Child and youth development promotes and facilitates optimum development of children and adolescents with both normal and special developmental needs, ensuring their effectiveness within all the contexts in which they function.
The developmental-ecological perspective emphasises the interaction between persons and their physical and social environments, including cultural and political settings. The value of such knowledge has become increasingly important both nationally and internationally as understanding of the importance of early life experiences to the later optimal development and well-being of the child becomes more apparent. Poor early life experiences can lead to deleterious outcomes from underachievement of potential to delinquency and deviancy.
Issues of major importance for the children and youth of South Africa and Africa include mother-to-child HIV transmission rates, teenage pregnancies, access to medical treatment, child-run families, orphan status, adoption, poverty and abuse. In South Africa, the mean population age is young and this makes the need for adequately trained professionals to address the issues of children and youth even more of a national and international priority.
Professional practitioners promote the optimal development of children, youth and their families in a variety of settings, such as early care and education, community-based child and youth development programs, parent education and family support, school-based programs, community mental health, group homes, residential centres, rehabilitation programs, paediatric health care and juvenile justice programs.
Child and youth development is offered in the Bachelor of Social Science at Monash South Africa as a major or a minor.
In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will:
No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minor.
No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to a major and at least 18 points must be credited to the major at level 3.
In addition to the major or minor, the following recommended units can be completed as free electives in Part C of 4086 Bachelor of Social Science:
Associate Professor Rika Swanzen; firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*
Students in other single bachelor’s degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.
* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.