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Adolescence is a period of growth and opportunity, and can also be a time of social risk and developmental vulnerability. This subject focuses on four key health issues of global significance for young people: sexual and reproductive health; mental health - including suicide prevention; alcohol and substance use; and violence. The subject explores the extent, impact, causes and responses to these issues across different cultures and in societies characterised by varied levels of economic development. In examining these key health concerns, the subject engages with cross-cutting issues shaping adolescent health and wellbeing globally such as: inequity; disability and inclusion; displacement; and gender identities and relations. The subject takes a strengths-based approach that identifies the exceptional opportunities that adolescence represents for the adoption of positive behaviours and lifestyles that can lead to life-long health benefits, whilst also interrogating the key health challenges faced by young people and their communities. This subject is delivered in a highly interactive format, with a combined focus on knowledge acquisition, critical thinking and skills development. The subject is coordinated and delivered by a team of internationally recognised experts in adolescent health, who draw on contemporary case studies and research to ground the subject content and skills development in real world contexts.
Intended learning outcomes
- Appraise the extent, impact and causes of, and responses to, key adolescent health challenges and opportunities globally;
- Critique key conceptual frameworks used to theorise adolescence, adolescent health, and inequalities in adolescent health shaped by gender, culture, socio-economic status, and varying levels of development;
- Demonstrate skills for effectively engaging young people through youth-friendly health services and programs designed to promote adolescent health;
- Examine the causes, extent, impact and solutions to specific case studies in adolescent health using the conceptual frameworks introduced in the subject;
- Develop an intervention plan aimed at preventing or responding to a key adolescent health issue in a specific cultural context.
Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:
- Critical thinking and analysis,
- Working with others,
- Finding, evaluation and using relevant information,
- Written communication.
Last updated: 6 December 2019