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Utilising Knowledge in Aboriginal Health (RURA90008)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Shepparton)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeRURA90008
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Our knowledge of health comes from many different experiences, information sources and through different mediums. Our culture informs how we understand health and our expectations of health and health care. Western scientific knowledge also contributes to how we understand health. Furthermore, our experiences of health, illness, caring and wellbeing also contribute to our understandings of health.This unit explores various ideas about health and the integration, overlap and disjuncture of Aboriginal knowledges and Western knowledges of health.

This unit explores how the field of health is influenced by different, sometimes competing ideas about what constitutes knowledge and what effects this has for the health and wellbeing of populations. Focusing particularly on the perspectives of Aboriginal Australians, it examines the nature, intersection and implications of various forms of health knowledges.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe ways Aboriginal Australian knowledges can be applied in the field of health including to the development of community‐based projects
  • Describe ways Western, biomedical knowledges can be applied and critiqued in the field of health including in the formation of community‐based projects
  • Explain and discuss key perspectives of health and how they overlap, intersect and contradict each other
  • Demonstrate an ability to confidently source and use scholarly literature in the construction of a critical argument

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Applying complex theories to social/health issues
  • Project planning skills
  • Advanced oral communication skills
  • High level written communication skills for academic contexts
  • Sourcing and evaluating research and health-related literature
  • Integrating knowledge from diverse sources
  • Using basic Word programs and related software

Last updated: 4 April 2019