Health Issues: Health and Healing (Revision 2)
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Area of Study: Social Science
Precluded Course: HSRV 326 is a cross-listed course—it is a course listed under 2 different disciplines—Human Services (HSRV) and Health Administration: (HADM 326). (HSRV 326 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 326 or HADM 326.)
HSRV 326 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This three-credit, university-level course is designed to provide a multicultural and multidisciplinary perspective on health and healing. The course gives students the opportunity to apply some conceptual tools of medical anthropology to examine the health status of First Nations people and other ethnic groups in Canada, while considering the role of medical pluralism in a culturally diverse nation state.
Part 1: Medical Ecology, Adaptation, and Epidemiology
- Unit 1: Medical Ecology
- Unit 2: Epidemiology, Nutrition, and Reproduction in Cross-cultural Perspective
- Unit 3: Stress, Health and Healing
Part 2: The Practice of Healing and Health Care.
- Unit 4: Paradigms and Therapies
- Unit 5: Health Care in a Culturally Diverse Society
- Unit 6: Cultural Considerations of Health, Illness, and Healing
- Unit 7: Political Ecology: Global and Local Interactions
Part 3:Canada’s First Nations Peoples.
- Unit 8: Early History and Current Health Status of Aboriginals
- Unit 9: Aboriginal Medicine in the Contemporary Context
To receive credit for HSRV 326, you must obtain at least 50 percent on each of the assignments and on the examination. If you receive less than 50 percent on an assignment, you may rewrite each one once to try to improve your grade. If you receive less than 50 percent on the examination, you may take one supplemental examination to try to improve your grade. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Assignment 1||Assignment 2||Assignment 3: Term Paper||Final Exam||Total|
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
McElroy, Ann, & Patricia K. Townsend (2015). Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective, (6th ed.) Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Srivastava, Rani, H. (Ed.). (2007). The healthcare professional’s guide to clinical cultural competence. Toronto: Elsevier Canada.
Most of the other course materials can be accessed online. Several video components will need to be borrowed from the AU Library.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, September 11, 2013.
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Updated March 31 2016 by Student & Academic Services