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Perspectives of the Arts on Health and Wellbeing FXA302


This unit explores historical and current case studies of creative arts practitioners from a range of cultural contexts living with physical or mental illness and the ways this is reflected or subsumed in their work. This engagement with creative work provides valuable perspective on lived experience and insights into the impacts of acquired or congenital disability or illness on the creative process and the impacts of the arts on health and wellbeing of individuals. The unit will draw on perspectives and literature of Health Humanities that reinforce empathy in engagement with people experiencing physical or mental illness and promotes patient-centred care and can underpin and enhance a current or future role in planning or delivery of arts programs in healthcare settings and the community.


Unit name Perspectives of the Arts on Health and Wellbeing
Unit code FXA302
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music
Coordinator Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • To analyse and reflect critically on the impact of illness and disability on creativity and the role of creative work as expression and coping mechanisms
  • To synthesise knowledge, research skills, and cultural awareness to inform empathetic person-centred care employing the creative arts
  • To propose solutions to problems in real-life scenarios of the use of creative arts to promote health and wellbeing
  • Communicate effectively to general and specialist audiences demonstrating creativity and interdisciplinary understandings of the interrelationships between creative arts, health and wellbeing.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
109999 $1,118.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,695.00

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Teaching Pattern

Online learning including discussion boards, Zoom tutorials and webinars, with self-directed learning (approx. 8hrs weekly)

AssessmentDiscussion Contribution (10%)|Quiz (20%)|Poster presentation (30%)|Essay (40%)
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