HUMAN ECOLOGY AND HEALTH

PHE1HEH

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to the principle that health is determined by the relationship between humans and the environment in which they live. The interplay between biological and cultural processes creates implications for health.The human response has been to develop organised systemic approaches to address challenges to health. These responses will be tracked from hunter gatherer societies through to the 21st century societies to demonstrate the development of our current understandings of health, our relationship with the planet, ecological sustainability and the emergence of our current health system. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGlenda Verrinder

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHuman ecology and healthPrescribedVerrinder, A 20104TH EDN.
ReadingsHuman frontiers, environments and diseaseRecommendedMcMichael, AJ 2001CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE.
ReadingsThe spirit levelRecommendedWilkinson, R et al 2009ALLEN LANE, LONDON.
ReadingsWeekly online resources on the LMSRecommendedSubject co-ordinator and tutorsNA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss the notion that health is a function of the relationship between humans and the environment including our physiological, social and psychological needs.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, excursions to assist with essay, online quiz and exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Discuss the interplay between biological and cultural processes and the implications for human health and wellbeing.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, excursions to assist with essay, online quiz and exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Describe changing concepts of health during major transitions and differing strategies and systems adopted in societies to manage health problems, from hunter-gatherer societies to the present day.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, excursions to assist with essay, online quiz and exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

04. Explain the basic mechanisms of biological and cultural adaptation and outline Boyden#s preconditions for successful cultural adaptation.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, excursions to assist with essay, online quiz and exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

05. Define core ecological concepts, describe principles of sustainability and discuss possible structures in a future sustainable relationship between humans and the planet

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, excursions to assist with essay, online quiz and exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

06. Discuss optimal life conditions as they relate to human health

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, excursions to assist with essay, online quiz and exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGlenda Verrinder

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Laboratory Class Week: 35 - 35
One 1.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 35 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.

Field Trip Week: 42 - 42
One 2.0 hours field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 42 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one online test (1250 words)Reduced to 25% from 30%25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 1,250-word essay30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 1.5-hour examinationIncreased to 45% from 40%45 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06