CR6804: Trauma and Post-Traumatic Growth

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 8, Max 50.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 150hr(s) Other (self-directed learning with online programme materials); 12hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussion); 50hr(s) Other (reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Staff, WAVE Trauma Centre.
Module Objective: The purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of trauma as a negative outcome and explore the conepts related to post-traumatic growth.
Module Content: 1. Introduction to the development of the concept of post-traumatic growth; definitions, theory and practice.
2. Exploration of the literature and empirical evidence informing the concept of post-traumatic growth.
3. Exploration and critique of models of post-traumatic growth (Tedeschi and Calhoun).
4. Environmental and social factors that promote post-traumatic growth.
5. Measurement of growth including the PTGI.
6. Post-traumatic growth and PTSD - a comparative analysis.
7. Post-traumatic growth; meaning-making.
8. The role of faith, spirituality and religion as inhibitors and promoters of PTG.
9. Post-traumatic growth and resilience.
10. Differing contexts - post-traumatic growth case studies.
11. Developing fields including vicarious PTG and collective PTG.
12. The current state of the field and counter theories and interventions.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain what post-traumatic growth is, the emergence of the field and key theoretical positions.
  • Critique the nature of PTG as either a coping mechanism or outcome of trauma.
  • Evaluate the current challenges to the practice and theory of PTG.
  • Classify the nature of PTG in differing contexts and following different forms of trauma.
  • Critique counter theories that challenge post-traumatic growth.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 3,000 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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