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Psychology, Health and Wellbeing
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Identify and critically evaluate the major theories and types of empirical research that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
- Critically evaluate the public health approaches to health behaviour change through different health communications.
- Explain the role of cognitive, affective, cultural and demographic factors as determinants of health status.
- Demonstrate an understanding of stress and coping and its relation to chronic illness.
- Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviours, and enhancing coping in the illness context through intervention.
- Unit Introduction and History of Health Psychology
- Models of Health Behaviour
- Representations of Health in the Media
- Keeping the healthy healthy: prevention
- Health Enhancing Behaviours
- Culture, health, and indigenous issues
- Stress and Coping
- Coping with Chronic Illness
- Putting it into context
- Positive Psychology and Health
- Future perspectives
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PSY224 Pre-requisite (PSYC104 or PSYU1104 or PSYX104 or PSYX1104) or (PSYC105 or PSYU1105 or PSYX105 or PSYX1105) or (BIOL108 or BIOL1210) or (BIOL122 or BIOL1320) or (ANTH151 or ANTH1051) NCCW (2020 and onwards) PSYU2224 Psychology, Health and Wellbeing
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject provides an introduction to the complex role that psychology plays in our overall health and wellbeing. We will explore the way in which physiological, psychological and social factors interact to determine our health. Drawing on examples from common illness types including "lifestyle diseases" such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, we will examine the role of psychology in terms of illness and disease prevention, stress and coping, and health communications. The overall approach is to examine these factors within the context of broad populations: healthy individuals, at-risk individuals, patients, and survivors. In addition, we will explore health-related issues specific to indigenous Australians and individuals from a non-English speaking background. Through tutorial exercises and discussions, the unit ensures that students gain an appreciation of the applications of psychological principles in physical health and illness.
- Essay - 1500 word written essay (40%)
- Online Multiple Choice Quizzes (20%)
- Invigilated Exam (40%)