- Code DEMO2004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Demography
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Demography
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Gender Studies, Indigenous Australian Studies, Public Health
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course is designed to introduce students to the social and socio-structural factors influencing the health of individuals and populations. The first portion of the course will centre on how to measure and interpret common metrics of health, such as measures of morbidity, illness, disability, and life expectancy. Subsequently, we will explore human health from a historical perspective, learning about the primary factors that have driven massive health improvements over the past century. Emphasis will be placed on the similarities, and differences, in these health transitions across high-, middle-, and low-income contexts. We will then explore the social and structural factors underlying health disparities both across populations and between individuals, including the roles of gender, wealth, educational attainment, occupation, ethnicity, and immigrant status. We will discuss emerging trends that threaten these continued improvements—obesity, cardiovascular disease, smoking, drug overdose, and dementia. In these discussions, we will focus on the role of social relationships in affecting health, and the ways that inequality, social stigma, and biases can perpetuate detrimental health behaviours.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- calculate and explain population health measures to describe infant and child health, adult health, disability, and mortality;
- generate and understand quantitative findings through figures, graphs, and tables;
- identify the primary determinants of population health in both high and low-income contexts;
- understand the role of quantitative and qualitative research methods for exploring disparities in health; and
- characterise the current barriers to improved population health faced by high and low income contexts.
- Quizzes x 10 (2% each) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Critical analysis papers x 2 (~750 words, 15% each) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Op-ed data assignment (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final op-ed (~800 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final op-ed presentation (10) [LO 2,3,5]
- Student-led tutorial session (10) [LO 3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of tutorials, and 24 hours of online content such as recorded lectures, performances, videos, podcasts, and other online materials;
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
Mel Bartley. Health Inequality: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Methods, 2nd Edition. ISBN: 978-0-745-69110-7
A number of required readings will come from this text, which is available as an e-book.
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