Social Determinants of Health
Explore how access to healthcare influences how people interpret, understand and respond to health, wellbeing and illness. Examine how education, race, class, gender and culture guides people’s decision making and expectations of well-being.
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- 28 Feb 2022
- 29 Aug 2022
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- explain common beliefs about health and illness to suggest and discuss the basis of these beliefs and why they persist;
- examine how social and cultural factors shape and determine people's experience of health and illness in different parts of the world;
- compare health and illness outcomes experienced by groups from different social and cultural contexts and explain why differences occur;
- discuss the interactions between health and illness, social perceptions of disease, culture and other societal structures and institutions;
- research and use different types of data and information to understand and explain health and illness issues within a diverse social and cultural context.
- Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health
- Health as a social construct
- Health and culture
- Health and media
- Education as a social determinant of health
- Employment as a social determinant of health
- Health care system and social determinants of health
- The social determinants on a global scale
- Health throughout the life course
- Stigma and discrimination and social determinants of health
- Social justice and social determinants of health
- Gender and social determinants of health
- The economics of the social determinants of health and health inequalities
- Health and the living environment
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- Other requirements - This subjects is offered via Open Universities Australia, late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval of your home course coordinator, please contact ASK La Trobe for assistance. Students who successfully complete two from the four open enrolment subjects (HBS101, DTN101, CHM101, PHE102) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. You must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition to be eligible to enrol in all other non-open access subjects offered in the degree.
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.
- 3 x 20 min online (1000 word equivalent) (30%)
- Essay (1200 word equivalent) (35%)
- Report (500 word contribution) (20%)
- Speaking task (500 word equivalent) (15%)
Current study term: 29 Aug 21 to 28 Nov 21
Next study term: 27 Feb 22 to 29 May 22
Textbook information is pending.