BMED2001 Humanities in Health and Medicine

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of humanities for health and medicine, and to the methods of enquiry and interpretive approaches used by the disciplines that contribute to this field. Learning in this unit is achieved through a series of 6 modules that explores the relationships between the humanities and medicine and connects todays practice of medicine and healthcare to interactions with culture, history, literature, art and music, spirituality, philosophy and the environment
Students are able to (1) explain the development of medical humanities and the art of caring; (2) discuss how beliefs around health may develop e.g. experience, reason, scientific method of enquiry; (3) explore ways in which the humanities can improve the understanding of social and cultural issues affecting health and the delivery of health care; (4) explore the role of the arts and humanities in health; (5) discuss what it means to be human and explore how this is applied to health care provision; and (6) discuss philosophical reasoning in areas of medical ethics and professional practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) interview and case study; (2) narrative essay with group presentation (10%); and (3) object based reflection. 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)
Professor Sandra Carr
Unit rules
For student enrolled in the Humanities in Health and Medicine Major (MJD-HHMED, MJS-HHMED) Any two of: ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society,
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context,
PHIL1002 Introduction to Critical Thinking,
INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies,
NEUR1001 Neuroscience in Society or
PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations

For other students completion of at least 24 points of level 1 units
Contact hours
Every week a 2 hour large group seminar/lecture is scheduled. There are also 5, 2 hour workshops spread out during semester and one 90 minute visit to Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Bookings for the workshops is through CAS.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.