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MID3009

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAustralia (Other) Second semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lisa McKenna

Synopsis

MID3009 provides students opportunities to debate sociopolitical views of women's health through lifespan.Women's sexual and reproductive health in terms of women's lives,socioeconomic/cultural differences,and provision of health services.Focus on paradoxical relationship between gender and health and use of health services,and examination of women's experiences as recipients of health care.Politics of women's health relative to poverty,social class,ethnicity,body image,sexual orientation,rape,incest,pornography,violence,genital mutilation and fertility treatments.Conceptual frameworks for practice addressing complexity of women's health and contemporary views of midwifery practice debated.

Objectives

On completion of this unit the student will have had the opportunity to:
1. explore women's sexual and reproductive health in terms of the nature of women's lives and existing theories and ideologies; 2. examine the politics of women's health with reference to contemporary issues; 3. examine women's experiences as recipients of health and maternity care, paying particular attention to socioeconomic and cultural difference; 4. debate the paradoxical relationship between gender and health; 5. debate the nature of existing and emerging conceptual frameworks as guides to practice in midwifery and women's health care through the lifespan; and 6. employ reflective practice and implement evidence informed care to women.

Assessment

Written assignment (1500 words): 30%
Guided study activities (2 x 500 words): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Lisa McKenna

Prerequisites

MID1001, MID1002, MID1003