• Class Number 8782
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Anna Olsen
    • Dr Anna Olsen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

Traditional approaches to health focus on the individual but have severe limitations in that they take no account of the broader social context. This course gives students a unique opportunity to examine the central individual and structural approaches to public health and will equip them with the skills to make a reflexive examination of their own presuppositions about approaches to  public health issues and the effective translation of health interventions. The course draws on a wide range of ethnographic data, particularly on data concerning the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southeast Asia, to make a comprehensive examination of the central individual and structurally focused models directing health interventions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

 • Demonstrate a critical understanding of at least two individually focused approaches towards public health interventions

• Articulate a  critical understanding of the major structural approaches to public health

• Evaluate the relative efficacy of individual and structural approaches to health interventions in relation to a wide range of health issues

• Reflectively evaluate taken-for-granted approaches to the understanding of public health issues

Research-Led Teaching

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to different approaches to health interventions beyond better known behavioural models. With a focus on the benefits and limitations of anthropological approaches, students will develop a more holistic understanding of health interventions. Via readings, lectures and activities students will also be exposed to contemporary anthropological and interdisciplinary research in health.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Orientation to the course
2 Introduction to health interventions
3 An anthropological lens – health and medicine
4 An anthropological lens – health and medicine
5 Individual focused models to health interventions
6 Individual focused models to health interventions
7 Structural focused models to health interventions
8 Structural focused models to health interventions
9 Anthropological evidence in health interventions
10 Class presentations
11 Designing health interventions – an anthropological approach
12 Designing health interventions – an anthropological approach

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Weekly blog reflections 15 % 30/10/2020 1,2
Presentation 15 % * 1,2
Essay 70 % 10/11/2020 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 30/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Weekly blog reflections

Students will post a weekly blog to the class Wattle site. The blog should include critical reflection on the themes and issues covered in the required readings, lectures, and/or class activities. Make connections between the theories and practice you are engaging within this class and feel free to include personal thoughts and life experiences that relate to these theories. You are encouraged to engage with other student’s blog posts in writing your weekly reflection.

One useful structure for writing a reflective blog is the 3-2-1 method. Write or talk about 3 things you learned from readings and class, 2 things you still want to learn, and 1 question you have.

The weekly blog entry should be approximately 300 words. The memos should demonstrate a critical reflection on the course content and required readings rather than merely summarizing the main points.

Completed each week and assessed at the end of the semester.


Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2


Find an image related to your chosen health issue (media, art, public health campaign, etc). Present to your classmates a critique of this image relating it to the argument you are building around appropriate health interventions for your health issue. 

10-15 minute presentation

The presentation schedule will be compiled in the first weeks of the semester. Students will present on different dates which will be discussed in class. The date range includes the 7th and 14th of October.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 10/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Review the literature on your chosen health topic and use your developing knowledge of the various models of health interventions to critique the research.

Suggested structure:

Introduction - Set the paper up with an introduction to the health topic (provide an overview of the body of public health literature in your area of interest, its general focus and approach/outcomes/limitations).

Review of health interventions – Describe and review the models informing the health intervention research conducted on your chosen area of health. Describe the advantages and limitations of these different approaches. Drawing on your developing knowledge of structural approaches to health interventions, consider the utility of these approaches compared with individualised models and which health intervention could be more effective (and why).

Further research – Thinking about how structural approaches can provide a deeper understanding of the issue than individual focused approaches, consider what anthropological health interventions have worked well or could work well in your chosen health area. 

Due 10th November

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Wattle

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not permitted

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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