Health, Culture and Society

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Health, Culture and Society

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit is concerned with the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness and how they relate to health status and patterns of behaviour. The unit introduces students to thinking about health from sociological and anthropological perspectives, drawing on relevant concepts and theory to examine selected public health issues. Identifying and addressing social and cultural factors that shape people's health experiences of health, illness and health systems are integral parts of public health practice in terms of reducing health inequalities, delivering appropriate services, and ultimately improving population health outcomes.
    Learning Outcomes
    Upon successfully completing this unit, you should be able to do the following:
    1. Locate the relative contributions of sociology and anthropology to aid an understanding of public health and epidemiology;
    2. Analyse a public health issue from a social and cultural determinants perspective;
    3. Identify patterns of health inequalities with reference to social and economic structures;
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural contexts of disease risk and outcomes; and
    5. Understand the processes, interactions and practices linking health, culture, and society.
    Major topics include: foundations and origins of health sociology; sociological, anthropological and philosophical perspectives on public health; cultural safety and cultural confidence; food and nutrition; body modification; pain; death and dying in different cultural perspectives; and social patterns of health inequalities.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit will be available in internal mode. You will be engaged in lectures, tutorials, and self-directed learning. Each tutorial will be supported by set readings and a series of guided questions which you will be expected to consider prior to the tutorial.
    Assessment name: Online Quiz
    Description: Weekly Online Quiz (5 multiple choice questions) A weekly test on lecture content - demonstrating your understanding of the processes, interactions and practices linking health, culture and society, theory and evidence.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 2-9
    Assessment name: Presentation (Group)
    Description: Presentation and Panel Discussion Q&A Session You are required to collaborate to research and produce an oral presentation on one of six topics provided.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 4 and 5.
    Weight: 30
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: Weeks 10-12
    Assessment name: The Wiki Project
    Description: You stay on the same topic for Assessment Two to research and report on that topic and to display your final project on a collaborative online space - ie the PUB209 Wiki. This task includes a literature review, an application of social and cultural theory to critique the topic, and the analysis of a cultural artefact/art piece that reflects and symbolises the public health issue.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
    Weight: 30
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 13

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