Introduces areas of psychology and sociology relevant to health practitioners. Provides the theoretical underpinning required to achieve understanding of the dynamics of human behaviour and the structure of the social world. Major paradigms and methodological approaches will be presented in order to encourage an awareness of how these disciplines apply theory and research methodology.
Topic 1: What is health psychology and health sociology?
Topic 2: Doing research in health psychology and sociology
Topic 3: How to enhance learning and behaviour change
Topic 4: The role of personality In an individual’s health
Topic 5: Motivation and individual behaviour
Topic 6: Stress and coping
Topic 7: How Class is relevant to health
Topic 8: How gender is relevant to health
Topic 9: How age is relevant to health
Topic 10: The role of culture and ethnicity in health
Topic 11: Indigenous health in Australia
Topic 12: Mental illness and society
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify the theoretical basis of psychology and the relevance of this to wellbeing, health and illness||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||identify the theoretical basis of sociology and the relevance of this to wellbeing, health and illness||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||identify and describe key social aspects of gender, age, class, culture and ethnicity as relevant to wellbeing, health and illness||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||identify and describe basic concepts of human learning, personality, motivation and biological basis of behaviour as relate to health and wellbeing||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||develop the academic skills of library-based research, critical thinking, writing and oral presentation.||Intellectual rigour|
- Germov, J (Ed), 2013, Second Opinion: An introduction to health sociology, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780195588330.
- Griggs, Richard A., 2014, Psychology: a Concise Introduction, 4th edn, Worth Publishers. ISBN: 9781429298902.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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