CR6806: Social Approaches to Trauma: Family, Society and International

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: To enable students to understand how trauma impacts on societal systems, including the family, community and broader society. To convey key concepts in trauma theory as it applies to sociological systems. To place both in the context of self in society, intergenerational trauma and the implications of historical abuse.
Module Content: 1. Introduction and overview of course, and definitions of key concepts of trauma as it applies to the family, communities and broader society.
2. Theoretical approaches to the understanding of trauma, and complex trauma.
3. Trauma, social attachment, and socio-ecological systems models.
4. Introduction to Family Systems approaches to trauma.
5. Family Transitions and the use of the genogram.
6. Abuse in the family.
7. Intergenerational and societal transmission of Trauma. Learning from the Holocaust.
8. Historical and Institutional Abuse and its implications for the family and society. Irish and international examples.
9. Trauma in Post Conflict Societies. The effect on the family.
10. Summary of course and Reflection.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe the key concepts in trauma theory.
  • Evaluate the key concepts in societal conceptions of trauma including its impact on the family, community and society.
  • Situate knowledge of trauma and its societal impact in a wider context.
  • Reflect on a systemic approach to working with families and communities exposed to trauma.
  • Explain and assess the intergenerational implications for the family and for society of historical trauma, including the Holocaust, and Institutional abuse / Historical abuse.
  • Theorise upon the effects on the family and society of historical trauma in post-conflict societies.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (2 x 2,000 word case studies, 100 marks each).
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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