Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Belinda Crockett


This unit will introduce theoretical models for understanding identity, diversity, and marginalisation which directly affect health outcomes for individuals and populations. Critical perspectives surrounding diversity and equity in the health and social care system will be examined. The unit introduces ethnic, cultural, sexual, religious, indigenous, geographic and socio-economic issues and experiences across the lifespan, with reference to the continuum between ability and disability, and the subsequent implications for health and social care. An important consideration is the intersections of these various social constructs in relation to experiences of health and illness.


By the completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of population health approaches; demonstrate an awareness of the complexity of population cohorts and communities and their diverse, and potentially conflicting, health needs; explain the social, political, economic and environmental determinants that affect the health of people in diverse communities; critically analyse the policies, social institutions and social norms that contribute to the issues and problems affecting marginalised individuals and their communities; apply theories of diversity and equity in the health and social care system to selected issues and outline the principles of collaboration and teamwork.


Group presentation (20 minutes, 15%)
Written reflection on group process (500 words, 10%)
Literature review (1500-2000 words,30%)
Written report on individual research project (3000 words, 50%)
Hurdle requirement - students are required to attend 80% of tutorials.

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Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial/workshop per week