Identifying Health Determinants (EDUH1006)


This core unit of study explores the ways in which meanings about health are socially and politically constructed in contemporary Australian society. The unit introduces a health determinants approach to explore a range of factors that impact upon individual and/or community health - gender, age, genetics, education, race and ethnicity, globalisation and geographic location. Students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of the ways in which meanings of health are constructed, change over time and are institutionalised through health policies and practices. Students will investigate upstream approaches to health education and health promotion that empower teachers, individuals and communities and lessen the burden on primary health care.

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Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/wk for 12 wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 12 wks


3x1000wd online tasks (15%, 15%, 20%) and 3000wd essay (50%)


Fanany, R. & Fanany, D. (2012). Health as a Social Experience. Melbourne: Palgrave MacMillan.

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Unit of study rules


12 credit points of units

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.