Unit description

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.

Unit content

  • 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

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Germov, J, 2014, Second Opinion: an introduction to health sociology, 5th edn, Oxford Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780195520149.
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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay45%
Presentation35%
Quiz20%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay45%
Presentation35%
Quiz20%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay45%
Presentation35%
Quiz20%
Notice

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Fee information

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