Creative practices are transforming health and healthcare. The arts and health movement is rapidly growing around the world, by taking action at the nexus between wellbeing, community, and individual physical health. Creative practices are shifting aging, mental health, residential care, and disability from exclusion and stigmatisation, to empowerment, agency, and connection, and in this way generating health improvements that are simultaneously physical and psychosocial. This unit gives students practical examples of how to incorporate the arts into public health and health care. You will be oriented to theories, justifications, and research evidence for varying uses of creative arts in health, and will be given access to a range of practical approaches, models and experiences. Areas covered include: the status and uses of art and music as therapy; music, psychology and medicine; narrative health; hospital art, design and architecture; creative practice in community health, and the role of art in public health, health research, and social marketing campaigns. Students will be treated to a diverse range of guest lecturers from the fields of visual performing arts and related areas of expertise. This course will appeal to students of public health; literary, visual and performing arts; social work; psychology; and related disciplines, who want to understand more about the inter-connectedness of the arts with human health. Questions covered: Why is art important to health and how does it achieve such sometimes transformative effects? How can we evaluate arts and health programs? When do we know they are delivering value for money? What sorts of arts-based programs are useful for different health issues and health care facilities? Does art help people develop empathy for others or for suffering? What are the most significant ethical issues in developing arts and health approaches and programs?
2 x 2 days 9am-5pm block mode intensive
2 x 300-400 wrd or equivalent online task (25%), 1 x 1000 wrd written assignment or equivalent (25%), 1 x 2500 wrd written assignment (50%)
Students are provided with a list of readings (in digital format). Supplementary readings and course materials, to which students are invited to contribute, can be accessed through the library or online.