Contexts of Health and Disease (NURS2003)


This unit of study builds on the first year unit, Population Health to Personal Healthcare. Contemporary ideas and beliefs about health and illness in Australia will be critically examined, including western and non-western approaches and current discourses of health care, including primary health care and patient self management. The unit will support a critical analysis of the relationships between social factors (for example ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, geographic location) and patterns of health and illness across the lifespan in contemporary Australia. Students will also explore cultural competence theories as these relate to caring for people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds in Australia.

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Further unit of study information


13x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials


Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

36 Year 1 credit points

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.