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Coffs Harbour
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Lismore

Unit description

Introduces areas of psychology and sociology relevant to health practitioners. Provides the theoretical underpinning required to achieve understanding of the dynamics of human behaviour and the structure of the social world. Major paradigms and methodological approaches will be presented in order to encourage an awareness of how these disciplines apply theory and research methodology.

Unit content

  • What is health psychology and health sociology?
  • Research methodology in psychology and sociology
  • Understanding the social gradient and its impact on health
  • The social concept of gender and its impact on health
  • The social concept of age and its impact on community health
  • Prominent Australian cultures and health status
  • Individual health behaviour
  • Motivation for behaviour change
  • Individual personality and its impact on health
  • Learning health behaviours through the life span
  • Healthcare practitioner stress and coping strategies

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
1demonstrate appropriate academic skills in relation to library-based research, academic writing, academic integrity and critical thinkingIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate an understanding of various psychological and/or sociological topicsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3identify and critically appraise psychological and/or sociological theories in relation to wellbeing, health and illnessIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4apply psychological and/or sociological theories to individual health contextsKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

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

  1. demonstrate appropriate academic skills in relation to library-based research, academic writing, academic integrity and critical thinking
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of various psychological and/or sociological topics
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. identify and critically appraise psychological and/or sociological theories in relation to wellbeing, health and illness
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. apply psychological and/or sociological theories to individual health contexts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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