SAHE4222 Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 1

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This is the first of four units in the Scholarly Activity (Service Learning): Aboriginal Health. This is a foundational unit to prepare students for subsequent engagement in service learning, either in Australia or overseas. The unit discusses the concept of 'service learning' within organisations. Under the key theme of 'cultural humility', it applies knowledge about health disparities locally and internationally to the discussion of cultural values, patient and community centredness and the role of one's own values in ethical service provision. Basic cross-cultural competencies are highlighted. Under the core theme of 'problem solving with limited resources', it defines what a non-government organisation (NGO) is, engages with the civil society concepts that are the basis of NGO philosophy and discusses basic NGO stakeholder management. In preparation for practice, fundamental principles of project management, teamwork, communication skills, writing skills used in and for organisations, working with the media and a checklist of preparation for community and international work are presented.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to effectively engage with an NGO in a way that yields reciprocal benefit for the student and the host organisation; (2) demonstrate a reflective, cross-culturally appropriate approach to problems confronted by host organisations; (3) articulate the principles of effective community engagement; (4) discuss the principles required for achieving effective outcomes when working with limited resources; and (5) articulate the principles fundamental to developing projects that are responsive to community priorities.
This comprises continuous assessment through online quizzes, host organisation evaluation, and a summative written portfolio. There are no unit examinations.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paula Edgill
Unit rules
IMED4211 Systems-based Learning 2
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