PUB336 Women's Health

Unit synopsis

This unit explores the data and current health issues related to women's health and critically evaluates health related policies, systems and practices in terms of their impact on women's health, internationally and in Australia. The social, economic, cultural and political influences on women's health, and the specific needs of sub-populations of women are examined.

Faculty
Faculty of Health
School/Discipline
Public Health & Social Work
Study area
Health and community
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Kelvin Grove

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2018: $1,148
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2018: $3,000
International student fee
2018: $3,696

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Unit outlines

Coordinator

Name
Dr Julie-Anne Carroll
Email
jm.carroll@qut.edu.au
Phone
3138 5803
Fax
3138 3369

Rationale

The health of women has an impact on the health of families, children and the community. Women's health is therefore important to study because of its impact on the overall health of the population. Women's health status is influenced internationally and nationally by a complexity of factors. This advanced undergraduate unit will explore these factors and the contemporary health problems that women face.

Aims

The aims are to examine international and national contemporary women's health issues from a social, economic and political perspective and to study the health needs of specific groups of women. The unit complements studies in public health, social sciences, nursing and allied health.

Learning outcomes

Throughout all aspects of this unit sensitivity to and an understanding of cultural and gender-related issues will be demonstrated as appropriate.

On completion of the learning in this unit, you should be able to:


  1. Research, interpret and synthesise data related to women's health status;
  2. Critically evaluate policies and practices which impact on women's health at government, community, family and individual levels;
  3. Identify a conceptual framework to analyse women's health issues;
  4. Analyse the policy and service response to both national and state government initiatives;
  5. Develop technological, research, and communicative capacity to produce and critique online women's health promotion resources.

Content

Major topics include: Women's health status, social and economic policies and practices, analysis and evaluation of policies, theories of feminism, rural and ageing women, reproductive health, emotional and mental health, violence, effects of sex role stereotyping. Generic capabilities include: research, interpretation and synthesis, policy analysis, book review skills.

Approaches to teaching and learning

Lectures, tutorials, research seminars, online Blackboard site, self-directed learning, teamwork, community participation, and in-class discussion.

Assessment items

Name #1: Research Paper
DescriptionFormative and Summative assessment
Weighting40%
Due dateWeek 14
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1,2,3,4,5
Name #2: Reflective Wiki Diaries
DescriptionReflective Wiki Diaries (Written)
Formative and summative assessment.
Weighting30%
Due dateWeek 10
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualGroup
Relates to learning outcomes1,2,3,4,5
Name #3: Women's Health Website
DescriptionWomen's Health Website (Written and Oral)
Formative and summative assessment
Weighting30%
Due dateWeek 6
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1,2,3,4,5

Academic integrity

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A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

Recommended Readings

Commonwealth of Australia. (2009). Development of a New National Women's Health Policy - Consultation Discussion Paper 2009. Barton, ACT: Attorney-General's Department.

(Available from: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/phd-women-consult-disc-paper)

Risk assessment statement

There are no out of the ordinary risks associated with this unit.

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