HUMAN ECOLOGY AND HEALTH

PHE1HEH

2021

Credit points: 15

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-ordinatorElena Wilson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

The spirit level

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorWilkinson, R et al

Year2009

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherALLEN LANE, LONDON

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Human frontiers, environments and disease

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMcMichael, AJ

Year2001

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE

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Plagued: invisible enemies. Sydney.

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorSwan, N.

Year1992

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherFilm Australia

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Origin Story

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorChristian, D.

Year2018

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAllen Lane

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

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Human ecology and health

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorVerrinder, A

Year2010

Edition/Volume3rd EDN

PublisherN/A

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Climate Change and the Health of Climate Change and the Health of Nations. Famines, Fevers and the Fate of Populations

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMcMichael, AJ.

Year2017

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOxford University Press

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Discuss the interplay between biological and cultural processes and the implications for human health and wellbeing.
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.
04. Explain the basic mechanisms of biological and cultural adaptation and outline Boyden's preconditions for successful cultural adaptation.
05. Define core ecological concepts, describe principles of sustainability and discuss possible structures in a future sustainable relationship between humans and the planet
06. Discuss optimal life conditions as they relate to human health

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorElena Wilson

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 42 - 42
One 2.00 h field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 42 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory ClassWeek: 35 - 35
One 1.00 h laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 35 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1 x 1 hour online multiple choice test (1250 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

one 1,250-word essay

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

one 1.5-hour examination (1500 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6