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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Focuses on the complex nature of young people’s health status and wellbeing and the role that schools play in working to promote young people’s health. The unit explores factors that shape the health of young people as well as the various meanings that are attributed to health. The unit investigates current public health and curriculum policy contexts and explores their application to school program development.

Unit content

This unit is divided into two modules. The first module focuses on developing key understandings related to the health and wellbeing of young people. It also explores how and why schools have been called upon to operate as key settings for health promotion, both historically, and in the present. The second module focuses on exploring key frameworks and their application to promoting young people’s health and wellbeing. The second module utilises a case study based approach to develop understandings about young people’s social and emotional wellbeing and how this can be promoted in schools via curriculum teaching and learning, supportive school environments and the establishment of community links.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss key concepts and definitions related to young people's health and wellbeing Intellectual rigour
2 identify and analyse key factors that contribute to the health status of young people Intellectual rigour
3 demonstrate an understanding of sociocultural perspectives of health Intellectual rigour
4 explain the role that schools play in promoting health within contemporary public health policy contexts Knowledge of a discipline
5 describe key features of the Health Promoting Schools Framework and apply these to the area of social and emotional wellbeing Knowledge of a discipline
6 demonstrate an understanding of how social and emotional health status impacts upon young people and plan for school-based programs that draw from contemporary health promoting schools and curriculum frameworks to build protective factors. Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss key concepts and definitions related to young people's health and wellbeing
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. identify and analyse key factors that contribute to the health status of young people
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. demonstrate an understanding of sociocultural perspectives of health
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. explain the role that schools play in promoting health within contemporary public health policy contexts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. describe key features of the Health Promoting Schools Framework and apply these to the area of social and emotional wellbeing
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. demonstrate an understanding of how social and emotional health status impacts upon young people and plan for school-based programs that draw from contemporary health promoting schools and curriculum frameworks to build protective factors.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.