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Unit Overview


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.

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

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; (2) video presentation; and (3) collaborative learning activities. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Sandra Carr
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Major(s) MJD-HHMED Humanities in Health and Medicine
Contact hours
Workshops 2 hours a week for 12 weeks
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.