UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Emily Furness

UWA's holistic approach to education meant that I gained an understanding of one of the biggest issues in Australian health. I was also provided with opportunities for volunteering and extracurricular activities which have been integral to my personal development.

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major will provide you with a solid grounding in the multiple determinants that influence the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples, families and communities in Australia. You will gain a broad introduction to Aboriginal health and wellbeing from an Aboriginal perspective; an understanding of the underlying issues that influence health and wellbeing from historical, cultural, environmental, political and spiritual perspectives; an understanding of particular health problems within Aboriginal communities and their impacts; knowledge of the strategies, policies and practices that have been implemented to improve health and wellbeing with a particular focus on Aboriginal community-led initiatives; and practical experience in Aboriginal health settings.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand Aboriginal health and wellbeing from the perspectives of Aboriginal peoples; (2) understand the underlying issues that influence health and wellbeing from historical, environmental, cultural, political and spiritual perspectives; (3) undestand particular health problems within Aboriginal communities and their impacts; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the strategies, policies and practices that have been implemented to improve health and wellbeing with a particular focus on Aboriginal-community-led initiatives; (5) demonstrate practical experience in Aboriginal health settings; (6) demonstrate a strong fundamental knowledge of human biology assisting in evaluating the biological evidence about disease mechanisms; and (7) integrate this biological knowledge with their understanding of Aboriginal ways, health and disease in formulating effective strategies required to address health issues.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • two Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard Incompatibility: HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S1 INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge None
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human None
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human None

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Prerequisitesfor the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard; or INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge; for the Population Health major: PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations; or PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation; for pre-2012 courses: HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Incompatibility: IMED2293 Aboriginal Health, IMED3393 Aboriginal Health
S1 INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit Prerequisites: any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major or HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Prerequisitesfor the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: (INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard or INDG1140 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin) and AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing; for the Population Health major: PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations or PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human or ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society or ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses; for pre-2012 courses: (HIST1100 Aboriginal History or INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard or INDG1140 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin) and AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Incompatibility: IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
S1 PUBH2216 Communication and Project Planning in Health Prerequisites: completion of 24 points of Level 1 or Level 2 coursework, including any PUBH unit or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human or ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society or ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses or IMED1001 Form and Function or SSEH1103 Physical Fitness and Health or SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement or PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context or other units if approved by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility: HSMD2216 Health Science Professional Practice

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 AHEA3200 Aboriginal Health Community Organisation Placement Prerequisites: AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing and INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Incompatibility: IMED3421/IMED3422 Aboriginal Community Organisation Placement Part 1/Part 2
S2 AHEA3300 Aboriginal Health Research Project Prerequisites: AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing; and INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit; and INDG3300 Indigenous Research and Ethics
S1 AHEA3301 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Prerequisites: AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing; and INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
S1 INDG3300 Indigenous Research Prerequisites: INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit or INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices or INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West or INDG2600 Indigenous Representation or INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-ABHWB (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-ABHWB-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard Incompatibility: HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S1 INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge None

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Prerequisitesfor the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard; or INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge; for the Population Health major: PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations; or PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation; for pre-2012 courses: HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Incompatibility: IMED2293 Aboriginal Health, IMED3393 Aboriginal Health
S1 INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit Prerequisites: any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major or HIST1100 Aboriginal History

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 AHEA3200 Aboriginal Health Community Organisation Placement Prerequisites: AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing and INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Incompatibility: IMED3421/IMED3422 Aboriginal Community Organisation Placement Part 1/Part 2
S2 AHEA3300 Aboriginal Health Research Project Prerequisites: AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing; and INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit; and INDG3300 Indigenous Research and Ethics
S1 AHEA3301 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Prerequisites: AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing; and INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
S1 INDG3300 Indigenous Research Prerequisites: INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit or INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices or INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West or INDG2600 Indigenous Representation or INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-ABHWB (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can also be taken as a degree-specific major.