Politics and Power in Public Health - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Critical reflection paper (30%) , Assignment 2 - Parliamentary submission (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit was previously known as Health Promotion Partnerships, Politics and Power.

Analyses processes for planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs using a settings-based approach. Students will explore traditional settings such as schools, workplaces and health services, and non-traditional settings such as the internet, prisons and nightclubs/pubs. The unit has a major focus on the state as a setting and the legislative process. Students will also critically assess corporate influences on health, conduct stakeholder analyses and examine the role of health promotion in influencing public policy. This unit involves both a theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary political issues and their impact on health.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically assess and review the implementation of health promotion programs in specific settings
  2. critique public policy and develop persuasive arguments for influencing legislation
  3. synthesise and apply a settings-based approach and theories to health promotion.
  • Assignment 1 — Critical reflection paper (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Parliamentary submission (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Journal article (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The settings approach
2Ethics, health and public policy
3Three governments and the legislative process
4Power, influence and reform
5Ethics, empowerment and enforcement
6Sustainable cities
7Climate change and public health
8International contexts and conflicts

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