PUB HLTH 2200 - Social Foundations of Health II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course seeks to build on Level I Public Health, specifically to develop understanding of the social foundations of health and the ways in which frameworks and theories can be used to guide thought and action in public health endeavours. The course is divided into three modules, each with a different focus. The first module draws out the historical, cultural and structural dimensions of public health problems (using the framework of the sociological imagination) and develops critical thinking about possibilities for change. The second module concerns the social determinants of Indigenous health. A third module considers social and behaviour change, from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 2200
    Course Social Foundations of Health II
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge PUB HLTH 1001 & PUB HLTH 1002
    Assessment 3x quizzes (15%, 2x 2000 word assignments (56%), 1x 1000 word assignment (14%) group work & presentation (15%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Shona Crabb

    Course Coordinator: Shona Crabb
    Phone: +61 8 8313 1686
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace

    Academic Staff: Dr Dylan Coleman
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6878
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace

    Learning and Teaching Team
    Phone: +61 8 8313 2128
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe the sociological imagination framework and explain how it is relevant to public health problems
    2 Analyse contemporary public health problems using the sociological imagination framework
    3 Critically appraise the strengths and limitations of the framework to guide public health initiatives
    4 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the WHO social determinants of health framework
    5 Demonstrate an understanding of the historical positioning of Indigenous people in Australian society
    6 Identify the key social determinants affecting the health of Indigenous people in Australia
    7 Reflect on the insights provided by the WHO framework as well as its possible limitations
    8 Describe the major approaches to social and behavioural change in public health practice
    9 Apply social and behavioural change theories to contemporary public health issues
    10 Critique theoretical and practical approaches to social and behavioural change in public health
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. N/A
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. N/A
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-3, 7, 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Module 1: The sociological imagination framework in public health
    The set text for this part of the course is: Willis E. The sociological quest: an introduction to the study of social life. 4th edn. Sydney: Allen and Unwin; 2004. This will be supplemented by other readings.

    Module 2: The social determinants of Indigenous heath
    For Module 2, a set of readings will be available to students.

    Module 3: Social and behavioural change
    For Module 3, a set of readings will be made available to students.
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
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    We will send our messages to your official University of Adelaide student e-mail address and assume that you read your e-mail. The announcements page of the MyUni site for this course will also display relevant notices from time to time.

    MyUni is the primary entry point to online learning at the University of Adelaide. MyUni will be used to provide students with access to course materials, announcements, and other features to assist your study.

    For enquiries about online education services, access and other problems, contact the Online Education Helpdesk. Phone: 8313 3000 E-mail:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Within each module, there are a number of teaching and learning modes.

    Lectures and practicals are integrated to introduce concepts, illustrate their use, and provide an interactive forum to apply concepts and clarify understanding.

    Each module uses a quiz to confirm understanding of fundamental concepts and allow for identification of areas requiring further study prior to completing the assessments.

    Assignments (1 per module) provide an opportunity for independent application and exploration of key concepts, for wider reading and for synthesis of concepts and literature.

    In Module 3, group work provides the opportunity for shared exploration of a number of concepts and the presentation provides an opportunity to communicate what has been learned and share the acquired knowledge and skills.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Teaching in Social Foundations of Health II begins with the assumption that students are active participants in the learning process, rather than passive recipients of information. We assume that you are willing and able to prepare fully for classes, to participate in discussions and to carry your share of the workload.

    Students are expected to attend all sessions; attendance sheets will be kept.

    Group work will occur throughout the course but will be emphasized in Module 3, taught in the last four weeks of the course. Part of the assessment for that Module will be a group presentation.

    As a general rule, in any university course you will need to allow a minimum of three independent study hours for every hour undertaken in formal class work contact. This means that, for Social Foundations of Health II, you will have to set aside at least a further nine hours per week for reading around topics, preparation for class activities, and work on assignments.

    You are urged to bear this in mind when planning your university timetable, particularly if you are also engaged in paid employment. In our experience, students may not be able to demonstrate their full capacity if they are working full-time and studying full-time.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Module 1 (Weeks 1-4): 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 major public health problems
    Application of the critical dimension of the framework to address public health problems
    Reflection on the insights provided by the framework as well as its limitations

    Module 2 (Weeks 5-8): 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 (Weeks 9-12): 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 public health problems
    Reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to social and behavioural change
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Quizzes - 1 per module at 5% each Summative 15% 1, 2, 4-6, 8, 9
    Module 1 - written assignment Summative 28% 1-3
    Module 2 - written assignment Summative 28% 4-7
    Module 3 - group work, culminating in group presentation (10%) and brief written submission (5%) Summative 15% 8-10
    Module 3 - written assignment Summative 14% 9-10
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes; attendance sheets will be kept.
    Assessment Detail
    Quizzes - There will be a quiz for each module. The questions will cover core concepts addressed in the lectures, practicals and reading material; the format of the quiz will vary between modules. Further information will be provided at the start of each module.

    Written assignments - For Modules 1 and 2, students will be required to submit a 2,000 word assignment. The details of the assignment are determined by the lecturer leading the Module and will be available at the start of the Module. In general the assignment will include a literature review, application and integration of key concepts from the Module with literature, and drawing conclusions. For Module 3, the assignment will be around 1,000 words, in view of the group work task.

    Group work - Group work will be based around key theories of social and behavioural change, with groups required to find examples of the application of selected theories to guide public health initiatives. These are shared with the class in 10 minute presentations that occur across the last two weeks of the course. Students will also make a brief individual written submission (300-400 words) on the topic of their group presentation, and their role in the group.
    Written assignments will be submitted via MyUni, using Turnitin. Instructions about how to lodge assignments will be provided in the course.

    Assignments will be due at 11.59pm on the due date (a Friday), with an automatic extension until 11.59pm on the Sunday night following the due date. Assignments submitted at/after 12.00am (midnight) on the Sunday night will be considered late. Students should allow sufficient time before the deadline to allow for potential electronic issues. When assignments are submitted successfully, students will receive an email acknowledging receipt of submission via Turnitin. Please check that you have received this email. We may ask for evidence that you have received this if there is a problem with your submission.

    Students should retain a printed and electronic copy of the assignment submitted.

    No assignment will be accepted by mail, e-mail or fax without prior written agreement from the Course Co-ordinator.

    Assignments that are received by the due date will be marked and returned, with feedback, within 2-3 weeks. Re-submission will not normally be considered.

    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when an assignment for which no extension has been granted is handed in late.
    The procedure is as follows: All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits; For late assignments, marks will then be deducted from the mark awarded, at the rate of 5 percentage points of the total possible per day (including both weekend days).

    The Discipline reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Extension must be requested on the last working day before an assignment is due, from the Module or Course Co-ordinator.

    Extensions will only be granted on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Documentary supporting evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Additional assessments on medical, compassionate or a mix of medical and compassionate grounds are available to eligible students who have a Fail grade, or any pass grade up to Distinction level, if it is considered that the impairment suffered was sufficient to prevent the student from achieving a higher grade.

    Students who achieve a mark in the range of 45-49% may be offered a replacement or additional assessment. This is discretionary, and will depend on students having attempted all assessments (including the quizzes).

    Details and application forms for additional assessments are available on the Examinations Website, at <>. Students who wish to apply for an additional assessment on medical or compassionate grounds must apply through their School or Faculty within 7 days of the occurrence of the condition or circumstances.
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