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IMED2208 Issues in Women's Reproductive Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
A critical understanding of reproductive health is the responsibility of each and every one of us and it encompasses all aspects of the society in which we live, taking into consideration many influencing factors that may impact upon the quality of life for each individual. Consideration must be given to the many aspects that contribute to the reproductive health agenda—some of which include physical and mental health, environmental issues, the political agenda, diversity and inequality, gender, psychosocial, culture, ethnicity, employment, educational and ethical influences.
The principal aim of this unit is to build upon students' existing knowledge within this arena and critically review the scientific understanding of the major diseases and health problems confronting women throughout their reproductive life. The unit focuses on common disorders, sexual health, pregnancy and childbirth, health and screening, and coping with life. There is the opportunity for students to examine indicative case studies relating to indigenous and global health issues in exploring how childbearing women experience and manage the challenges presented in contemporary society.
Students are able to (1) describe factors that contribute to the reproductive health agenda locally, nationally, and globally; (2) examine indicative case studies relating to local, national (including Indigenous) and global reproductive health issues and describe how reproductive aged women experience and manage the challenges presented in contemporary society; (3) analyse the scientific understanding of selected major diseases and health problems confronting women throughout their reproductive life; (4) present an argument for women's health research using evidence from the research literature; (5) use research papers of a high level of evidence; (6) present a summary of the key findings of a research paper in the form of a journal club; and (7) communicate in scientific/academic language with appropriate referencing and the use of figures and tables to complement the text.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) tutorial participation; and (3) journal club. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Demelza Ireland and Dr Philippa Martyr
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
IMED1108 Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
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