Unit description

Examines the development of knowledge, reasoning, assumptions and values that underpin knowledge of health and traditional Western thought. Students will obtain familiarity with central ideas in philosophy, and begin to develop an understanding of philosophical theories as they relate to nursing practice.

Unit content

  • Reasoning, knowledge and logic
  • Historical development of thinking knowledge and reasoning
  • Western philosophy
  • Altered thinking processes
  • Modernity and the medicalisation of health
  • Ethics, justice and patients rights
  • Critical thought and reflection
  • Health informatics and the transmission of thinking
  • The evolution of nursing thought
  • The evolution of nursing education
  • The evolution of nursing research

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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