Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Explores critical issues current in naturopathic medicine and the subsequent impact on naturopathic philosophy. These include the socio-political implications of medical dominance, and the global, social and cultural impacts of sustainability in naturopathic medicine. Students apply the skills of critical appraisal in reference to these issues through different conceptual frameworks and assess the impact on holistic professional practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Medical Dominance and Naturopathic Medicine; Lens of Understanding

Topic 2: Metaparadigm and Theoretical Frameworks

Topic 3: The application of the therapeutic hierarchy as a therapeutic framework in Naturopathic practice.

Topic 4: The implications and applications of Naturopathic Philosophy to Practice

Topic 5: Modernisation of Traditional Naturopathic Medicine and distinguishing naturopathic medicine from broader natural medicine

Topic 6: Scientific and pseudoscientific critique of naturopathy and other traditional health approaches

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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