Subject details

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
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Study guide
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

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

  • LAT-HUN-DEG-2019

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

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 20min online 1000 word equ (30%)
  • Essay (1500 word equivalent) (35%)
  • Report (500 word contribution) (20%)
  • Speaking Task -1000 word equiv (15%)

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