Social Determinants of Health
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- 31 Jul 2023
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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.
- • Social and cultural factors that shape health outcomes.
- • Australian Indigenous health.
- • Health as a social construct.
- • Global health.
- • Common beliefs about health and illness.
- • Health throughout the life course.
- • Compare health and illness outcomes experienced by groups in different social and cultural contexts.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed PHE101 (Social Determinants of Health) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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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, 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.
- 600-word individual report (20%)
- 1,200-word individual report (35%)
- Individual Speaking Task (500 words equivalent) (15%)
- x3 online tests worth 10% each (30% total; 1500 words equivalent total) (30%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.