|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
There is increasing global recognition that public health research seeking to change the social determinants of health is most effective when communities are actively engaged. Therefore, many health researchers are looking towards participatory approaches to the production of knowledge. This subject will give students an understanding of, and experience in, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR is a collaborative approach to research that emerges from the interests or problems of a specific group or community, and is enacted through a specific set of social values. It is of interest to students wanting to build the necessary skills to support communities to deepen their understanding of their circumstances and to take action to help resolve conditions undermining health. In addition to gaining knowledge about CBPR perspectives, students will be taught a range of methodological approaches utilised in CBPR approaches globally. As part of this subject, students will be expected to participate in (a) practical exercises designed to enhance skills and techniques; and (b) workshopping, analysis and reflection of data collected during an in-class research project.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should:
- Have relevant training in social sciences research methods and techniques as applied in Community Based Participatory Research
- Understand the advantages and limitations of a variety of social science research methods, and practical experience in the application of select methods
- Understand the benefits, limitations, challenges and ethical issues associated with a participatory approach to public health research
- Understand the relationship between research design and research methods
- Have developed problem solving skills to deal with practical issues that arise in the conduct of social research
- Be able to critically self- reflect on the CPBR process
On completion of the subject students will have:
- Gained practical skills in social sciences research methods used in Community-Based Research
- Developed the ability to plan their own research work
- Developed strategies for dealing with problems that arise in the planning and conduct of research
- Gained skills in collection and interpretation of data
- Effective written and oral communication skills
Eligibility and requirements
505-922 Research Methods in Social Health
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Assessment 1 (written assessment task, 1500 words) due mid-semester (30%)
- Assessment 2 (written assessment task, 2500 words) due at the end of semester (50%)
- Reflective blog (LMS, 1000 words), ongoing throughout semester (20%)
Hurdle Requirement:Attendance at a minimum of 80% is required to pass this subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinators Cathy Vaughan and Richard Chenhall Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 28 hours Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings
Recommended texts and other resources
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Master of Adolescent Health and Welfare Course Master of Public Health Course Master of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Informal specialisation Health Social Sciences Major Tailored Specialisation Major Tailored Specialisation Major Environment and Public Health Major Public Health Major Tailored Specialisation
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.