Social Foundations of Health
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- 04 Sep 2023
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On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Analyse health narratives using the sociological imagination framework.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical positioning of Indigenous people in Australian society.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key social and cultural determinants affecting the health of Indigenous people in Australia.
- Apply social and cultural determinants of health frameworks to Indigenous health contexts.
- Apply and critique theoretical and practical approaches to social and behavioural change in contemporary health contexts.
- Module 1: The sociological imagination framework in public health
- An introduction to the sociological imagination framework of C Wright Mills
- Detailed consideration of the historical, cultural, and structural origins of contemporary health problems
- Application of the critical dimension of the framework to address health problems
- Reflection on the insights provided by the framework as well as its limitations
- Module 2 : The social determinants of Indigenous health
- A critical introduction to the World Health Organisation’s social determinants of health framework
- An introduction to the data on the social determinants of health in Australia for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
- A detailed consideration of the history and the development of the social determinants of health for Indigenous people in Australia since the 1901 Commonwealth Constitution
- Detailed consideration of factors that contribute, or are barriers, to resolving the impact that the social determinants have on the health of Indigenous people today
- Module 3 : Social and behavioural change in public health
- An introduction to the key principles of social and behavioural change
- An overview of commonly utilised models of behaviour change in public health
- Consideration of contrasting modes of social change in public health, including both legislative/policy options and grassroots approaches
- The relevance and application of theories of social and behavioural change to improving health
- Reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to social and behavioural change
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units. MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments.
This course seeks to develop an understanding of the social foundations of health and the ways in which frameworks and theories can be used to guide thought and action to improve health. The course draws out the historical, cultural, and structural dimensions of contemporary health problems using the framework of the sociological imagination. Students will explore the social determinants of Indigenous health. Finally, the course will consider social and behaviour change from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Students will develop their critical thinking and analytical skills to understand conversations around health and health outcomes.
1 Reflections 10% related to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 2 Sociological Imagination Essay related to Learning Outcome 1 3 Health Campaign Analysis related to Learning Outcome 5 4 Indigenous Health Initiative Case Study related to Learning Outcomes 2, 3 4
- Reflections (10%%)
- Sociological Imagination Essay (30%%)
- Health Campaign Analysis (30%%)
- Indigenous Health Initiative Case Study (30%%)
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