School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Health and Power in an Internet Age (GENM0518)

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Description

The aim of the course is to introduce students to some of the current issues in the fields of contemporary health and healthcare, and to think through the issues of power that make health a monumental challenge. The course will also examine how the internet and social media have revolutionised the way we deliver healthcare, advocacy, activism, and health promotion, while at the same time they produce new challenges.  The course will be exciting because it will require students to actually build a website, a Facebook page and a mobile phone app for advocacy, healthcare, activism and health promotion.

Credit points

This is a 6 unit of credit course.

Mode of study

5-day workshop on UNSW campus.

Course aim

The aim of the course is not simply to introduce students from outside the Faculty of Medicine to some of the current issues in the fields of contemporary health and healthcare, it will also assist students to think through the issues of power that make the prevention and cure of disease, and the creation and maintenance of ‘a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing’ (World Health Organization, 1946) a monumental challenge.

The course will also examine how the internet and social media have revolutionised the way we deliver healthcare, advocacy, activism, and health promotion, while at the same time they produce new challenges.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

  • Have a greater understanding of power concepts and how these apply to health in general and to a specific issue (chosen by each student) in depth;
  • Have an ability to think critically about social media and not only how these can enhance, but are also challenging, to health care;
  • Have an understanding of how to address a health issue using social media and to actually design a social media program to tackle this issue.
Teaching strategies
Learning and teaching should have both INPUT and OUTPUT phases. In the input phase in this course, students are supplied with ideas and information through lectures, readings, while the output phase is supplied by both convenors and students themselves in the form of tutorials, and by the students alone in their presentation, and in formal assessed written work.   

Lectures/talks: There are two types of lectures.  Online lectures form the basis of class discussions.  They lay the groundwork for the learning process and contain information and data not available anywhere else in the Course Readings and even online. Therefore, DO NOT SKIP WATCHING LECTURES ONLINE EACH EVENING. The other lectures will be given by guests who have experience in health and social media and will be given face-to-face in class

Class discussions: These form the main learning platform of the course. They are designed to promote a high degree of interaction between students who are drawn from a wide variety of faculties in the university.

Reading:  The basic reading sources are the articles and other material in your Book of Readings. You are required to do the readings specified under each module on a daily basis in in order to be able to participate in the class discussion.
 

Assessment

Course participation (personal and team)
Weighting: 10%

Presentation
Weighting: 10%

Assessment Task 1
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Task 2
Weighting: 60%

Readings and resources

Learning resources for this course consist of the following:

Readings:

  • The Book of Readings will be available both in hard copy from UNSW Bookshop and on Moodle.
  • The PowerPoint slides used in lectures are also available on Moodle.

Textbook:

  • Fuchs, Christian, 2014, Social Media: A critical introduction, Sage: Los Angeles.