Social Determinants of Health - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Speaking Task (300 word equiv) (15%) , Assignment 1 - Written Assignment (1000 word) (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00

 In this subject students will examine the ways health, well-being and illness are experienced, understood, and responded to by people as social beings who participate in various groups, organisations, communities, and societies. Critical factors such as education, social class, gender, and ethnicity and culture will be explored to examine how social practices, positions, and processes influence access to and use of resources supportive of health and well-being. Theories and frameworks will be examined and assessed so that students can develop an ability to become aware of and interpret various life concerns both personally and professionally and gain a more nuanced awareness of the dynamics operating between the personal and public domains.

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

  1. explain common beliefs about health and illness to suggest and discuss the basis of these beliefs and why they persist;
  2. examine how social and cultural factors shape and determine people's experience of health and illness in different parts of the world;
  3. compare health and illness outcomes experienced by groups from different social and cultural contexts and explain why differences occur;
  4. discuss the interactions between health and illness, social perceptions of disease, culture and other societal structures and institutions; and
  5. research and use different types of data and information to understand and explain health and illness issues within a diverse social and cultural context.
  • Assessment — Speaking Task (300 word equiv) (15%)
  • Assignment 1 — Written Assignment (1000 word) (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (1200 word equivalent) (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Examination (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Learning Principles
2Human Development Across the Lifespan
3Memory and Cognition
4Working with Adolescents
5Behaviour Change
6Social Psychology
8Mental Health
10Communication Processes
12Dependency Behaviours
14Managing Emotions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Health, Illness And Wellbeing


    ISBN: 9780195576122


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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