PUB HLTH 2500OUA - Social Foundations of Health
OUA - Trimester 3 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 2500OUA Course Social Foundations of Health Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Trimester 3 Level Undergraduate Location/s OUA Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Restrictions Available only to University of Adelaide Open Universities Australia students Course Description This course seeks 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 to improve health. The course is divided into three modules, each with a different focus. The first module draws out the historical, cultural and structural dimensions of contemporary 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.
Course Coordinator: Brianna MorelloDr Andrew Gardner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Describe the sociological imagination framework and explain how it is relevant to contemporary health problems 2 Analyse health problems using the sociological imagination framework 3 Critically appraise the strengths and limitations of the framework to guide initiatives to improve health 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 9 Apply social and behavioural change theories to contemporary health issues 10 Critique theoretical and practical approaches to social and behavioural change
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
2-3, 6-7, 9-10
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesWillis E. The sociological quest: an introduction to the study of social life. 5th edn. Sydney: Allen and Unwin; 2011.
Other readings will also be available via MyUni.
Online LearningThis course is delivered online.
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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered entirely online in MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This equates to approximately 12 hours per week per course. This time commitment includes doing the relevant readings, preparing for online tutorials, other on-line activities and assessment tasks.
Learning Activities SummaryModule 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
- 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
- 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
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Quizzes Summative 10% 1, 2, 4-6, 8, 9 Written Assignment Summative 30% 1-3 Written Assignment Summative 30% 4-7 Group presentation and brief written submission Summative 15% 8-10 Written Assignment Summative 15% 9-10
Assessment DetailQuizzes - Individual. (10%)
Module 1: Written Assignment - Individual, 2000 words. (30%)
Module 2: Written Assignment - Individual, 2000 words. (30%)
Module 3 - Group work, culminating in group presentation and brief written submission - Group. (15%)
Module 3: Written Assignment - Individual, 1000 words. (15%)
SubmissionAll assessments are submitted online in MyUni.
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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
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