This second unit within health builds on the determinants approach and continues to explore the socio-cultural perspective of health, with this unit looking specifically at how young people experience health within Australia. Discourse around young people and health often positions them as a homogenous group who face many challenges in achieving and maintaining health, and this unit challenges this discourse and explores the idea that not all young people experience health and illness in the same way. Through examining different narratives around young people and health, students are able to reflect upon how aspects of youth health are constructed within society and how their own belief systems have developed. In this unit, students investigate and explore a range of issues that impact on the health of young people including mental health, alcohol and drug use, sexual health, road safety, and bullying. Students further explore the policies and practices that inform the teaching of these sensitive issues within a school. The concepts of harm minimisation, resiliency, protective factors and connectedness are examined through the strength based approach to teaching health, and skills in critical and health literacy are explored and developed. The unit finally explores how health education can be used to develop health literacy skills within young people to better enable them to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing choices. With the focus on the 7-10 health content, the unit examines the literacy requirements of the syllabus and develops the knowledge and skills required for PDHPE teachers to teach the literacy through the strands of Self and Relationships and Individual and Community Health.
1x1-hr lecture for 12 wks, 1x2-hr tutorial for 12 wks
Literacy Resource 1500wd equivalent (35%); ICT Resource and Presentation 1500wd (35%); Media Analysis 1500wd (30%)
48 credit points including EDHP2002Prohibitions