University of Technology Sydney

92641 Knowledge Generation (Health)

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject explores the generation of knowledge from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The subject aims to establish a critical learning framework for appreciating different ways of knowing, being and doing as explored through a backdrop of colonial and current experiences in Australia and internationally. Students are supported to explore both Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews in regard to health and wellbeing and to reflect on how these differing world views impact understanding of health status. This subject examines the impact that common non-Indigenous research practices had, and continue to have, on Indigenous communities and introduces students to Indigenous research methodologies.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Acknowledge and explore Indigenous worldviews in relation to health and wellbeing
B. Appreciate different ways of knowing, being and doing from international Indigenous perspectives
C. Identify the interaction of Indigenous knowledge systems with western worldviews
D. Describe the principles of Indiginist research methodologies
E. Describe how Indigenous research methodologies have informed and shifted the social determinants of health
F. Develop academic thinking, reading and writing skills

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Take a personal, social and ethical responsibility for their professional involvement in primary health care (1.0)
  • Engage in research and critical thinking to integrate knowledge and translate into action (3.0)
  • Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness (6.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is undertaken in a blended approach to learning with students attending two five day block workshops on campus each semester accompanied by integrated learning in the online/distance environment. This approach to teaching is responsive to the needs of the student cohort. The flexibility of the blended approach is attractive to the cohort of students who can balance study around their professional and other commitments.
Face to face workshops allow for students to collaborate together in group assessments and continue this communication through discussion boards and virtual classrooms. The multidisciplinary and national student base and engagement with experts within the field additionally allows for the collaborative learning, development of enduring relationships, future networks and citizenship within the field.

Content (topics)

  • Balancing worldviews
  • Ways of knowing, being and doing
  • Indiginist perspectives of health
  • Indiginist and western knowledge systems
  • Indiginist research methodologies

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Improving health outcomes through Indiginist research methodologies

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

D, E and F

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

3.0 and 6.0

Weight: 60%
Length:

1500 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
1 70 D 3.0
2 30 E, F 6.0
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Traditional knowledge and healthcare

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C and F

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0 and 6.0

Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
1 50 A 1.0
2 50 B, C, F 6.0
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

References

Australian Government and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation 2013, Healthy for Life: Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Report Card, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra.

Australian Human Rights Commission 2009, Our future in our hands: creating a sustainable national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australian Human Rights Commission, Sydney.

Carson, B., Dunbar, T., Chenhall, R. & Bailie, R. (eds) 2007, Social Determinants of Indigenous Health, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney.

Kidd, R. 1997, The way we civilise : Aboriginal affairs - the untold story, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Qld.

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation 2013, Investing in healthy futures for generational change, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Unknown.

Sherwood, J. 2013, 'Colonisation - It's bad for your health: The context of Aboriginal health', Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 28-40.

Smith, L. 2012, Decolonizing methodologies: research and Indigenous peoples, 2nd edn, Zed Books, London.

Other resources

UTS Student Centres

Building 10
Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Tel: 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)

Details for student centres: www.uts.edu.au/current-students/contacts/general-contacts
For other resources/information refer to the Faculty of Health website (www.uts.edu.au/about/faculty-health), the Health Student Guide (www.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/uts-health-student-guide.pdf) and UTSOnline at: https://online.uts.edu.au/webapps/login/

Improve your academic and English language skills
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HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS (www.ssu.uts.edu.au/helps). HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at both City and Kuring-gai Libraries. Phone (02) 9514 9733

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