- Code BIOL8021
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Isabelle Ferru
- Mode of delivery Online
First Semester 2014
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The course situates health and disease within the context of changing human ecologies, such as those being shaped by globalisation processes.
Topics covered include:
- An exploration of the biological bases of human diseases and the impact they have on individuals and communities.
- It covers biological, ecological and socioeconomic aspects of infectious, genetic and lifestyle-associated diseases, along with strategies used for their control.
- Emphasis is placed on critical examination of the relative importance of modern medicine, public health strategies, and economic development.
- The role of scientific enquiry in the improvement of human health is discussed.
- Globalisation and environmental change
- Natural selection
- Dynamics of host-pathogen interactions
- Lifestyle transitions
- The place of health on today's political agenda.
Principles are illustrated with case studies which may include:
- Parasitic diseases such as malaria
- Other infectious diseases including influenza, smallpox, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS
- Reproductive health
- Immunological diseases such as asthma and diabetes
- Chronic degenerative disease such as cardiovascular disease
- Lifestyle associated disease such as obesity
Note: This course is delivered online.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Explain select human diseases in their biological, historical and social context
2. Independently research current topics in health and disease using published books, original papers, electronic resources and other materials
3. Develop own thinking, opinions and attitudes to global health issues
4. Develop the skills required for online learning (i.e. becoming familiar with discussion boards, non-face to face teaching and online assignments)
Assessment will be based on:
- Online quizzes (24%; LO 1, 4)
- Research report consisting of a 3 000 word argumentative essay on a current topic in health and disease (52%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Critical response papers which encompass critical discussion and analysis of some of the reading materials of the course (24%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
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Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Note, the readings for this course are a compilation of journal articles and reviews and book chapters that will be available on the course WebCT site at the beginning of semester 1.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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- International fee paying students
Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3437||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|