EDUC204-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Child and Adolescent Wellbeing and Health

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course will explore ways in which well-being, resilience, and positive developmental trajectories may be supported and promoted from infancy through adolescence. Current research and theoretical models will be used to explore a number of critical issues related to health and well-being in a New Zealand context from developmental, educational, positive psychology and social emotional wellbeing perspectives.

EDUC204 integrates key theories and evidence-based research within developmental, educational, and positive psychology. What is well-being? What is resilience? How do children and adolescents cope? And how might they thrive? This course explores these thought-provoking questions (and more!) by exploring a variety of educational contexts from the classroom to informal learning environments. EDUC204 takes a holistic perspective to identify supportive conditions that promote academic achievement and personal well-being in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

Planning to major or minor in Education? Please keep in mind that EDUC103 is a required course for both qualifications.  

·         For those majoring in Education you need EDUC103, 45 points at the 200-level, and 60 points at the 300-level.  

·         For those minoring in Education, you need EDUC103 and at least 45 points at 200-level or above.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the foundational tenets of resilience, positive youth development, and strength-based theories.
2. Students will apply the core concepts of developmental, educational and positive psychology to the promotion of well-being and health.
3. Students will demonstrate understanding of the basic principles for evaluating evidence-based literature.
4. Students will demonstrate an emerging understanding of the multidimensional and complex nature of developmental, educational and positive psychology processes that contribute to well-being and health.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


30 points in EDUC, HLTH, HSRV, PSYC, SOWK, or
YACL, or
permission of the Head of School.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Anne Horton


Myron Friesen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Forums (5) 30% 11:59PM Sunday - 3 in Term 3, 2 in Term 4
Open Note Quizzes (2) 20% 11:59pm Sundays Weeks 6, 11
Annotated Bibliography 20 Oct 2024 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

All EDUC204 Occurrences

  • EDUC204-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • EDUC204-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)