This unit introduces students to major theoretical and empirical perspectives on the psychology of health and wellbeing. It examines the psychosocial determinants of health and wellness as well as psychological theories of health protection and illness prevention. Issues relating to the psychological aspects of illness causation and interpretation, prevention, maintenance of primary prevention, and chronic diseases will be covered. Further, the unit will cover major sources of stress and models of stress and coping. Mechanisms, theories and principles of behaviour change will be explored, as well as communication skills needed to work with groups and individuals engaging in behaviour change. As such, experience in team-building will feature in this unit as students will serve as a resource for each other's learning experience.
|Unit name||Health and Psychological Wellbeing|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Juan Canales|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||Delivered wholly by the provider|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain individual and population based approaches to health, wellbeing, and coping.
- Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge to explain and predict health behaviour.
- Appraise the impacts of cross-cultural differences, gender, disease and chronic illness on health behaviour.
- Communicate psychological health and well-being concepts for a range of audiences.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any College
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KHA359
Weekly content module (asynchronous)
Weekly online self-directed practical activity (asynchronous)
Weekly, optional online drop in sessions (45 min, synchronous)
|Assessment||Final Exam (40%)|Designing Health Promotion Material (group-based project) plus self-reflection (30%)|Case study (Individual assessment task) (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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