ILLNESS AND SPIRITUALITY

PHE3ISB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students are given the opportunity to review contemporary theories of illness narratives and first-person accounts of illness experience plus aspects of caregiving in order to develop a phenomenology of offering and receiving care in chronic and life-threatening illness. Particular attention will be paid to contemporary understandings of, and approaches to, spirituality emerging from such narratives. Implications for assessing the spiritual strengths and needs of both patients and caregivers, and developing spiritual care plans, will be discussed in the context of the emerging national, international and World Health Organization spiritual care assessment literature.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Nil

Co-requisites Nil

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects Nil

Special conditions Related subject: PHE3DDB

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsOxford Textbook of Spirituality in HealthcareRecommendedCobb, M., Puchalski, C.,Rumbold, B. (2012)OUP (OXFORD)
ReadingsSpirituality and Palliative CareRecommendedRumbold, B. (ed) (2002)OUP (MELBOURNE)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Literacy and Communication: Students will be able to define and distinguish typologies of illness narratives plus discern influential cultural, religious and spiritual variables affecting health and illness.

Activities:
Writing/summarising of literature required to complete literature reviews and essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Inquirey and analytical skill: Students will be required to conduct systematic inquiries and use evidence for understanding spirituality, health and illness.

Activities:
Critically analyse literature in relation to issues of illness and spirituality plus creatively problem solve through using assessment tools and propose interventions and communicate these findings and arguments through writing of essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Personal and Professional Skills: Students will be required to apply theories of health, illness and person centred care to develop spiritual care interventions that improve health and well-being.

Activities:
Consider solutions and possible range of assessments and interventions that have potential professional and personal relevance/application and present these within essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two 1,000-word literature reviews40 01, 02, 03
One 2,500-word essay60 01, 02, 03