phe4aih adv issues in health




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students develop advanced skills and knowledge in understanding the relationships between theory and method in health research, clinical and non-clinical health practice and evaluation and applying this knowledge in practice. This subject includes examination of the relationships between ontologies, epistemologies, methodologies and methods used in the health domain. Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and multi- disciplinary theories and methods are presented for evaluation in terms of plausibility and efficacy. In addition, it provides students with an understanding of the various hierarchies of knowledge utilised in the health sciences (including the relationships between sociology, psychology, biomedicine, anthropology, economics, feminisms, etc.) and the impact of power relations on the theoretical and methodological debates.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Special conditions offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsApproaches to social inquiry.RecommendedBlaikie, N.POLITY PRESS, 1993.
ReadingsGender and the social construction of illness.RecommendedLorber,J.THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: SAGE, 1997.
ReadingsGender.RecommendedConnell,R.W.CAMBRIDGE: POLITY, 2002.
ReadingsHealth Psychology: biopsychosocial interactions.RecommendedCaltabiano,M.L.,Sarafino,E.P.QUEENSLAND: JOHN WILEY & SONS, 2002.
ReadingsHealth promotion practice: power & empowerment.RecommendedLaverack,G.LONDON: SAGE, 2004.
ReadingsPopulation, health communities and health promotionsRecommendedJirojwong, S., Liamputtong, P. (eds)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE, 2009
ReadingsTheory in a nutshell: a guide to health promotion theory.RecommendedNutbeam,D.,Harris,E.1999, SYDNEY: THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES, INC.
ReadingsUnderstanding and changing health behaviour: from health beliefs to self-regulation.RecommendedNorman,P.,Abraham,C.,Conner,M.(eds).AMSTERDAM: OVERSEAS PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION, 2000.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. tba


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1,000-word report on four seminars/colloquiaHurdle requirement: attendance at School/Faculty seminars and colloquia2501
one 3,000-word theoretical framework7501