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EdD(Child & Family Development)

Module topics

This list of modules is to be confirmed, but they show the range of likely topics.

Professional practice and Christian perspectives are integrated in all the components of the program, rather than having separate theology and professional practice modules.

All modules have 3 credits value.

  • [Core] Christian thinking and vocational practice
    This is an introductory, bridging module into the program. It will include a review of biblical hermeneutics, Christian thinking and 'doing theology' in the context of professional practice, especially as it relates to the context of children and family development.
  • Children, family and community: Biblical & theological perspectives
    This module studies key biblical and theological insights on the fundamentals of human relationships, with special reference to family and community contexts. It reviews God's purposes in creation, his intent of marriage and family, Covenant relationship, and models of forgiveness and reconciliation; and discusses how these elements may be lived out in the dynamics of human relationships.
  • Child and family development policy
    This module explores child and family policies from the five main community agencies of religion, education, economy, health and politics; and how these policies influence the landscape of child development and family life. Major recent paradigms on the way in which both local and global policies govern family development will be critiqued.
  • Justice, human rights and advocacy for children and families
    This module explores theories related to justice, human rights and advocacy in the context of poverty, homelessness, displacement, hunger, social justice, war and reconciliation. The role of Christian NGOs and Christian outreach for bringing about human dignity, value and respect will be discussed.
  • Leadership in child and family development organisations
    This module investigates current perspectives on organisational leadership and management skills, especially in the context of children and family organisations. It will include principles and practices for creating environments that nurture and motivate team members towards successful accomplishments, and what it means for the key organisational leaders to be effective, commendable and responsible leader-practitioners.
  • [Core] Approaches and practices for child and family research
    This module overviews approaches to research on children and family issues. Qualitative and quantitative methods are explored, along with research ethics issues, so that participants may develop their own research strategies for their dissertation as well as for ongoing usefulness in their organisations.
  • Guided self-study module
    In special circumstances, students may request to complete one guided self-study module in lieu of a taught module. Raise this possibility with the program director.


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