BMED3002 Application of Humanities to Health care

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequence
This unit will help students understand the practical applications of medical humanities to health care, with the aim of developing more empathic health care professionals who understand the personal, social, cultural and environmental determinants of health and disease.
Students are able to (1) discuss the multifactorial determinants of health and disease; (2) describe the role of personal beliefs in health outcome e.g. beliefs about illness, lifestyle, hope and optimism; (3) discuss the role of societal, cultural and religious beliefs in health outcome and ways they can be assessed and incorporated in disease prevention and management; (4) evaluate the scientific evidence behind ways in which the arts including the visual arts, music, writing and creativity can affect health and improve wellbeing; and (5) discuss concepts of empathy, communication, social bonding and their impacts on health and demonstrate self-reflection in these areas.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written Assessment -literature review and (2) video presentation. 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)
Associate Professor Nahal Mavaddat and Professor Sandra Carr
Unit rules
BMED2001 Humanities in Health and Medicine, and enrolment in Humanities in Health and Medicine major HHMED.
Contact hours
Seminars: 2 hours a week for 12 weeks and 6 x 2 hour workshops during semester
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.