Health Equity and Human Rights

  • Course description

    This unit aims to develop understandings about health equity and human rights as a coherent frame of action to tackle inequities and to improve health and wellbeing, and to develop a working knowledge of practical approaches for public health and health system actions to address health inequities and rights violations, and to promote social justice.
  • Main themes

    Topics to be addressed in this unit include: health equity debates; conventions and legal frameworks for human rights; strategies of public health, primary health care and health promotion to promote equity and rights, and specific issues such as diversity and difference, mental health and human rights, children's rights and health equity, asylum and refugee health, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Learning outcomes

    Upon completion of this unit, successful students can:
    ULO1: Discuss the foundations of health equity and human rights
    ULO2: Describe the relationships between health and human rights
    ULO3: Compare the different types of human rights systems at global, regional, national and local levels
    ULO4: Develop strategies for tackling health inequities using health promotion and public health approaches
    ULO5: Evaluate the human rights implications of public health policies and programs.
  • Teaching and learning methodology

    Campus: 4-6 hours of classes and seminars fortnightly.
    Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin, there is no requirement for any campus presence
  • Assessment methods and criteria

    Assessment task 1: Country report (2000 words) 30%
    Assessment task 2: Presentation on country report 10%
    Assessment task 3: Project report (3000 words) 50%
    Assessment task 4: Unit engagement (peer assessment and reflective posts) 10%
  • Required reading

    Taket, A (2012) Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights. Abingdon: Routledge

Last updated: 9 October 2017

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