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HEA8302 Culture as a Determinant of Health

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Culture Determinant of Health
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069999 - Health not elsewhere classifie
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Melissa Carey

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or GCNG or GDNG or MNSG or PDEV or GDPH or MPUH

Rationale

This course prepares nursing, midwifery, social and public health practitioners, to work effectively within culturally diverse populations, moving towards the achievement of a culturally safe health and social care workforce. This course addresses the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and the National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025.

Synopsis

The purpose of this course is to enable health and social well-being practitioners to increase theoretical understanding of the ways in which culture determines health outcomes. Students will be encouraged to reflexively explore their role in cultural practices within health care systems that impact on the health and well-being of diverse populations.

This course encourages the health professional to explore the impact of the personal upon the professional through taken for granted cultural norms within health and social care practice. Students will be encouraged to explore the notion of power and privilege through a reflexive cultural lens. Developing a skill for cultural self-awareness will empower the health care professional to contribute to cultural and organisational change within their area of professional practice.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Critically discuss the notion of culture as a determinant of health;
  2. Define cultural safety, apply key concepts and guidelines within specific contexts of practice;
  3. Reflexively analyse personal cultural context, beliefs, attitudes and implications for professional practice;
  4. Determine strategies for the mitigation of health care inequities where culture is a determinant of health;
  5. Critically engage with research and research practice that addresses culture as determinant of health.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Theoretical approaches to culture as a determinant of health within the Social Determinants of Health Framework. 15.00
2. Standards and key concepts for cultural safety in health and social care practice.

25.00
3. Reflexivity in practice, exploring the relationship between self, power and professional practice. 25.00
4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led health care research addressing culture as a determinant of health.

20.00
5. Developing strategies for organisational cultural change to mitigate inequities experienced by vulnerable populations. 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=HEA8302)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 55.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Private Study 35.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Discussion Forums 20 10 23 Aug 2021 1,2
Case Study 80 40 11 Oct 2021 1,2,3,5
Discussion Paper 100 50 25 Oct 2021 2,4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.


  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner’s convenience. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  4. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  5. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  6. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  7. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  8. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  9. Students may be assigned an “Incomplete” grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded “I” can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Fail grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information
    literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. This course should be completed during the student’s last year in the program.

Date printed 21 July 2021