IMED5813 Health Humanities: Education and Research

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
Health humanities explores the place of health and illness in society, and how methods from the arts, humanities and social sciences may be brought to biomedicine, clinical practice, health care, health education, research and experiences and portrayals of health and illness.

This unit offers students the opportunity to think about issues related to illness, health care and health professions education both historically and in contemporary society. It will enable you to approach education, research and practice related issues from a variety of a disciplines, including anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology, science and technology studies, global health, literature and film studies, and to work in an interdisciplinary manner.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply creative approaches to understanding diverse experiences and responses to illness, health, and caring for others.; (2) evaluate concepts of empathy and compassion using connections between research, education, literature, narrative and medicine; (3) discuss philosophical reasoning and ethical decision making and how to translate this learning to education and clinical settings; and (4) develop their skills in the areas of critical thinking, attentive listening and observation and reflective practice.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay and (2) narrative essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Sandra Carr
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
Contact hours
Seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
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  • 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.