• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christine Phillips
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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Over 43 million persons are currently living under conditions of forced displacement.  These persons are among the world’s most vulnerable, with high rates of communicable and non-communicable disease, reproductive mortality, nutritional deficits, and psychological illness. This course provides an overview of the health needs of refugees, critically analysing from social, cultural and political perspectives the reasons for, and potential solutions, to poor health among displaced and resettled populations. Key areas to be addressed include the resources and capabilities of refugees, models of health service provision in temporary settlements and after resettlement, patterns of illness, and the debates about post-traumatic stress disorder. The course will consider case studies of refugees resettled from Sudan, Burma, Iran and Afghanistan, and will incorporate seminars from community leaders and resettlement workers. 

Learning Outcomes

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:

  • Articulate the impacts of forced displacement on the epidemiology and experiences of illnesses among refugees along the life-course. (LO 1)
  • Identify the sociocultural, biological and political determinants of  refugee health and illness in resettlement countries and countries of first refuge (LO 2)
  • Critically evaluate health systems to promote refugee health in temporary and permanent settlements (LO 3)

Indicative Assessment


  1. Seminar presentation      15%  (LO1)
  2. Minor essay 2,500 words     35%  (LO2)
  3. Major essay: 4,000 words    45%  (LO3)
  4. Class participation             5%  (LO1-3)

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3 hour seminar, with 7 hours of background reading per week.  A field visit to a resettlement organisation (health service, settlement agency) will be organised for one week.  Distance students will be supported to develop an equivalent to this field visit.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts.  Reading material will be provided



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4092
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5454
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4994 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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