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Semester 1

What is Health?: Society, Culture and Health 1 (NUST08020)


Nursing Studies





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Course Summary

This course develops students to understand the dynamic and contextual meaning of health and wellbeing within a complex and globalizing world. Political, sociological and ethical conceptualisations of health and wellbeing will be explored to understand the current health and policy contexts for individual, families and communities. The range of environmental, social, political and individual factors that influence health and wellbeing are explored within the context of contemporary society to examine how health inequalities are produced, replicated and reinforced.

Course Description

This undergraduate course aims to develop in students an understanding of health and wellbeing that is beyond the mere absence of disease and to apply it to the health and wellbeing of people in local communities, families and individuals. It is anticipated that this course will be of interest to students from a range of different programmes as an outside course. This course will be taught over 10 weeks and will consist of 10x2hour classroom sessions and 5x2 hour academic study skills workshops. These workshops will consist of 12-15 students, where students are given a topic to study each fortnight and to discuss in groups with the guidance of a tutor. This course will be taught as face-to-face delivery by a range of experts from within the School of Health in Social Science and also external health and social care practitioners. Students are expected to engage with learning through group discussions, lectures and by reading relevant scholarly literature.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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