Explores the varying narratives of health and illness. Students will examine the complex meanings behind culture, health, wellness, illness, and disease, with a particular application to indigenous people and those with chronic illness, terminal illness and the elderly.
- The meaning of health, wellness, illness and disease
- Acute and chronic illness - Gender, social class, health and illness
- Culture, ethnicity, health and illness - Indigenous health and illness
- The effect of colonization on the health of Indigenous Australians
- Health outcomes in Indigenous health - Chronic illness in Indigenous health
- The meaning and experience of Mental illness
- Stigma and marginalisation
- Ageing & ageism, health and illness
- Attitudes to terminal illness, dying and death
- Health perception, stress and coping
- Nursing and multidisciplinary health meanings of health and illness
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||describe and discuss the diverse meanings of illness, health and wellness for individuals and communities in local and global settings||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|2||develop effective and creative responses to the concepts of gender, class and ageing, in relation to health across diverse cultural settings||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|3||develop effective responses to the impact of Western culture on Indigenous health||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|4||develop creative responses to the varying perspective and experiences related to chronic illness, terminal illness and death in diverse cultural settings||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|5||analyse the meaning of nursing care in relation to multiple narratives of health and illness across diverse cultural settings.||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
- Germov, J, 2014, Second Opinion: an introduction to health sociology, 5th edn, Oxford Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780195520149.
- Refer to Blackboard site: ., ..
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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