Lifecourse determinants of health: lessons from film and literature

Course code MEDI1040Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

This course is designed to introduce students to concepts of social and life-course determinants of health and well-being using stories from contemporary culture.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the end of the course the student will:

1. understand and be able to discuss the concept of social determinants of health
2. have developed a critical understanding of some theoretical considerations relevant to a life-course perspective on social determinants of health
3. understand and be able to discuss the interplay between nature and nurture in the development of physiological, neurological and psychological functioning
4. understand how experiences earlier in life influence health and wellbeing outcomes later in the life course
5. have developed an awareness of the capacity for autobiographical material to inform their understanding of developmental pathways
6. have demonstrated capacity to undertake a research task examining an aspect of social determinants of health
ContentEarly life and health
Adolescence and health
Adult life and health
Ageing and health
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot applicable
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch task written up as an essay illustrating understanding of concepts of life-course and social determinants of health
Group/tutorial participation and contributionAttendance and participation in Problem Based Learning Tutorials will be monitored by tutors throughout the course. Students are expected to attend all tutorials. Unsatisfactory attendance will be considered as unprofessional behaviour and may result in a student being unsatisfactory for this course.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentLimited by program enrolment in B Med.