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  • Objectives
    On completion of this course, students should: * have a sophisticated understanding of the conceptual approaches within the social study of health, illness and health care; * have knowledge of relevant theories and be able to apply it to social health problems; * have the ability to critically evaluate and synthesise the relevant literature; * have developed analytical skills in identifying the basis to problems in clinical and social contexts; * apply the conceptual, theoretical and practical dimensions of the course in students' own professional practice; * be able to articulate knowledge and understanding of the area in oral and written form; * understand the principles and processes of research design; * identify research issues and formulate research questions; * have the capacity to design and conduct research at a postgraduate level; * have a respect for intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Social Health (Medical Anthropology)
  • Course description
    * Master of Social Health (100 points): 5 coursework subjects (4 core subjects, 1 elective subject and the minor thesis)
    * Master of Social Health (150 points): 9 coursework subjects (6 core subjects, 3 elective subjects and the minor thesis)

    Articulation to Master of Social Health from Graduate Diploma of Social Health:

    After completion of 4 postgraduate subjects of the Graduate Diploma of Social Health at a level of at least H2B, students may apply for admission to the 150 points Master of Social Health and apply for transfer of completed subjects.

    Please note that students who have completed split level subjects at the 400 level cannot enrol in the equivalent 500 level subject.    

    CORE SUBJECTS:

    Students must complete the following CORE subjects for both the 100 and 150 point program:

        * 505-921, 505-502, 505-922, 505-503 (Coursework subjects)
        * 505-920 (Research Project)

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    505-921  Principles of Qualitative Research Desgn
    This subject will give students an understanding of the principles underlying good qualitative research. The topics covered will be relevant for students interested in qualitative research specifically, and for health research students who want to le...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-502  Culture, Health and Illness
    This subject provides an introduction to critical medical anthropology, a rapidly growing and dynamic endeavour, which provides a link between social anthropology and biological anthropology. While the subject discusses various perspectives in medica...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-922  Research Methods in Social Health
    This subject provides training in research methods for qualitative and literature-based social and ethical research. A core component of this subject is training in analytic thinking and in the development of a research proposal. Students will also h...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-503  Key Perspectives in Medical Anthropology
    This subject examines a range of classic and current theoretical debates within the discipline of anthropology: on rationality and cultural difference; objectivity and reflexivity; modes of anthropological representation and the politics of applied ...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-920  Minor Thesis in Social Health
    A thesis of 12,000 to 15,000 words will be completed under appropriate academic supervision.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    ADDITIONAL CORE SUBJECTS - 150 POINT PROGRAM ONLY

    Students enrolled in the 150 point program must also complete the following two CORE subjects:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    505-500  Health, Ethics and Society
    This subject introduces and critically examines standard conceptual approaches to health ethics and provides an introduction to conceptual approaches within other relevant disciplines. Through the employment of these different conceptual approaches, ...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-508  Key Concepts in Social Health
    This subject explores key ways that bodies and the people that inhabit them are understood in the social and medical sciences. How knowledge about bodies is constructed within medical and social sciences is investigated through theoretical understand...     Semester 2     12.50

    ELECTIVE SUBJECTS - 100 POINT PROGRAM

    Students enrolled in the 100 point program must complete ONE of the following elective subjects:

    NOTE: Students may elect to undertake another approved subject.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    505-535  Aboriginal Health: Past to Present
    Through the use of case studies located along a historical timeline, this subject provides students with a foundational understanding of Aboriginal health from pre-invasion to the present. Along this continuum, Aboriginal health issues are examined ...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-537  Health Politics, Policy & Governance
    This subject focuses on critically analysing politics, policy and governance in relation to health. It asks students to examine the institutions, structures and organisations that shape the policy process in health, consider how health problems are d...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-500  Health, Ethics and Society
    This subject introduces and critically examines standard conceptual approaches to health ethics and provides an introduction to conceptual approaches within other relevant disciplines. Through the employment of these different conceptual approaches, ...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-539  Living Longer: Global Perspectives
    The course will study the history of health transitions from a global perspective, focussing on the factors historians have identified in bringing about the modern rise in life expectancy. The course is structured around the book by James C. Riley, R...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-536  Policy Processes in Aboriginal Health
    This subject reviews the historical, social, economic and cultural factors influencing structures and practices central to the policy process in Aboriginal health. Students explore the context of the policy process at macro, meso and micro levels in ...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-508  Project Management & Design
    An introduction to project management and design from an interdisciplinary and participatory perspective. The principal focus is the project cycle: identification, feasibility and design, appraisal, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Part...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-522  Women's Sexual & Reproductive Health
    This subject takes as a starting point a consideration of what constitutes sexual and reproductive health over the life course. It provides an overview of key sexual and reproductive health issues in a variety of geographic locations and considers t...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-504  Directed Study in Social Health
    The content of this subject is individually negotiated between the student and a supervisor appointed by the subject co-ordinator, on the basis of the academic areas of expertise of the available supervisors, and the interests of the student. A list ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    505-538  Critical Debates in Aboriginal Health
    This subject immerses students in the critical contemporary debates within Aboriginal health. Specific topics may include: equity and Aboriginal health funding; family trauma: incidence, origins and effects; stolen wages, the "welfare eco...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-507  Current Issues in Health Ethics
    The subject will involve the identification and exploration of theoretical and philosophical frameworks of participants in debates, resolutions/outcomes, and investigation of alternative positions. Possible topics include allocation of resources, acc...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-460  Field Methods for Development
    The subject will focus on ethnographic or qualitative methods, particularly as they apply to development work. It includes a discussion of varying notions of ethnographic or qualitative research, including the notion of praxis the merger of theory an...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-461  Gender Issues in Development
    This subject will focus on feminist engagements with development theory. Case studies will consider the place of women and men in rural social orders, the relationship between gender, the environment and ethnicity, the gendered dimensions of governan...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-508  Key Concepts in Social Health
    This subject explores key ways that bodies and the people that inhabit them are understood in the social and medical sciences. How knowledge about bodies is constructed within medical and social sciences is investigated through theoretical understand...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-528  Medicine and Culture
    Over the ages people have deployed various methods - metaphysical, magical or the pure empirical - to combat the ravages of disease. Bloodletting, cupping, leaching, doses of highly poisonous chemicals, blisters, copious draughts of mineral water, hy...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-525  Women and Global Health
    Developing and newly-industrialised countries experience wide variation in terms of history, politics, demographic transition, development and epidemiology. This subject situates women and their health in a dynamic context of development, globalizati...     Semester 2     12.50

    ELECTIVE SUBJECTS - 150 POINT PROGRAM

    Students enrolled in the 150 point program must complete THREE of the following elective subjects:

    NOTE:

        * Students may elect to undertake another approved subject.
        * 175-501 is recommended only for overseas born students of non-English speaking backgrounds.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    505-535  Aboriginal Health: Past to Present
    Through the use of case studies located along a historical timeline, this subject provides students with a foundational understanding of Aboriginal health from pre-invasion to the present. Along this continuum, Aboriginal health issues are examined ...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-537  Health Politics, Policy & Governance
    This subject focuses on critically analysing politics, policy and governance in relation to health. It asks students to examine the institutions, structures and organisations that shape the policy process in health, consider how health problems are d...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-539  Living Longer: Global Perspectives
    The course will study the history of health transitions from a global perspective, focussing on the factors historians have identified in bringing about the modern rise in life expectancy. The course is structured around the book by James C. Riley, R...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-536  Policy Processes in Aboriginal Health
    This subject reviews the historical, social, economic and cultural factors influencing structures and practices central to the policy process in Aboriginal health. Students explore the context of the policy process at macro, meso and micro levels in ...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-508  Project Management & Design
    An introduction to project management and design from an interdisciplinary and participatory perspective. The principal focus is the project cycle: identification, feasibility and design, appraisal, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Part...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-522  Women's Sexual & Reproductive Health
    This subject takes as a starting point a consideration of what constitutes sexual and reproductive health over the life course. It provides an overview of key sexual and reproductive health issues in a variety of geographic locations and considers t...     Semester 1     12.50

    175-501  Presenting Academic Discourse
    This subject aims to develop the advanced language required for successful postgraduate study in English. In this subject students will develop critical approaches to researching, reading and writing. They will also develop the ability to plan and pr...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    505-957  Primary Hlth Care in Develop. Countries
    This subject will cover the principles and practice of primary health care (PHC) in resource-poor settings, including: history, principles and key elements of PHC developmental contexts, community health workers and local health systems, PHC approach...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    505-963  Primary Health Care, Jamkhed, India
    This subject will provide students with the opportunity to learn about primary health care within the context of a primary health program in a low income setting in India. Students will learn about the principles of health policy development and prog...     Semester 2, Summer     12.50

    505-538  Critical Debates in Aboriginal Health
    This subject immerses students in the critical contemporary debates within Aboriginal health. Specific topics may include: equity and Aboriginal health funding; family trauma: incidence, origins and effects; stolen wages, the “welfare eco...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-507  Current Issues in Health Ethics
    The subject will involve the identification and exploration of theoretical and philosophical frameworks of participants in debates, resolutions/outcomes, and investigation of alternative positions. Possible topics include allocation of resources, acc...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-460  Field Methods for Development
    The subject will focus on ethnographic or qualitative methods, particularly as they apply to development work. It includes a discussion of varying notions of ethnographic or qualitative research, including the notion of praxis the merger of theory an...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-461  Gender Issues in Development
    This subject will focus on feminist engagements with development theory. Case studies will consider the place of women and men in rural social orders, the relationship between gender, the environment and ethnicity, the gendered dimensions of governan...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-528  Medicine and Culture
    Over the ages people have deployed various methods - metaphysical, magical or the pure empirical - to combat the ravages of disease. Bloodletting, cupping, leaching, doses of highly poisonous chemicals, blisters, copious draughts of mineral water, hy...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-525  Women and Global Health
    Developing and newly-industrialised countries experience wide variation in terms of history, politics, demographic transition, development and epidemiology. This subject situates women and their health in a dynamic context of development, globalizati...     Semester 2     12.50

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