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Unit description

Learners critically explore contemporary issues in naturopathic medicine and their intersection with naturopathic philosophy. These include the socio-political implications of medical dominance, and the impact of global developments in naturopathic medicine. Learners apply the skills of critical thinking and reflection to examine these issues through different conceptual frameworks, and assess how these different perspectives impact contemporary clinical practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Metaparadigm and theoretical frameworks in naturopathic medicine.

Topic 2: Medical dominance and naturopathic medicine.

Topic 3: Global developments in naturopathic medicine.

Topic 4: Implications and applications of naturopathic philosophy to contemporary clinical practice.

Topic 5: Modernisation of naturopathic medicine and its distinction from other health disciplines.

Topic 6: Evidence-based clinical decision making in contemporary clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the applications of metaparadigms and theoretical frameworks in naturopathic medicineIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between biomedicine and naturopathic practiceIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3analyse global developments in naturopathic medicineIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4critically evaluate the application of naturopathic philosophy in contemporary clinical practiceIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5critically examine the modernisation of naturopathic medicine and its distinction from other health disciplinesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6demonstrate a critical understanding of evidence-based clinical decision making in contemporary clinical practiceIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the applications of metaparadigms and theoretical frameworks in naturopathic medicine
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between biomedicine and naturopathic practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. analyse global developments in naturopathic medicine
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. critically evaluate the application of naturopathic philosophy in contemporary clinical practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. critically examine the modernisation of naturopathic medicine and its distinction from other health disciplines
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. demonstrate a critical understanding of evidence-based clinical decision making in contemporary clinical practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning Self paced (Self paced)
Assessment
Online discussion10%
Critical review35%
Essay55%
Notice

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Fee information

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