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Undergraduate Course: Healthy Communities: Society, Culture and Health 2 (NUST08024)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a core course in year 2 of the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours (Adult) programme. It has a focus on the health of communities as part of a larger society. It builds on the student's knowledge and understanding of the impact which community and family dynamics can have on the health of an individual. This course aims to further develop the student's understanding of social, political and individual factors to examine how health and wellbeing in communities is shaped within contemporary society. The course content is delivered through a series of lectures and workshops and is suitable for health and social care students who have studied What is health?: Society, culture and health 1 in year 1 or study with equivalent learning outcomes.
Course description Building on the theory and practice-based learning of the year 1 course, What is health?: Society, culture and health 1, this course further develops and deepens the student's knowledge of concepts related to health and wellbeing of the individual in the context of the family and wider community health. Students are enabled to develop a critical understanding about communities and how communities are engaged and motivated to undertake change to benefit the health of the wider population beyond that of the individual and the family.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the principal theories, concepts and terminology of sociology relevant to health. Health promotion and education including teaching methods and learning styles that support change management will be developed with the students. Students' understanding of social and health legislation which is essential for nursing work in contemporary health and social care environments of today will also be further developed. Students will be able to support and enable people at all stages of life to make informed choices about how to manage health challenges in order to maximise their quality of life and improve health outcomes.

Employing taught theories and techniques, students are enabled to develop skills to start to assess and address health and social care needs of communities. The course addresses:

Assessing the needs of a community
Community development and enablement
Health inequalities and social inclusion
The principles of public health and health promotion

Course Aims
To provide students with knowledge about the diversity of communities and the impact this has on health, health needs and the approach taken in health and social care to address health need.
To promote the student's skills and knowledge base in assessing need, planning interventions and understanding approaches to evaluating impact and outcome.

This course will be taught over 10 weeks and will consist of 10x2hour classroom sessions.

This course will be taught as face-to-face delivery by a range of experts from within the School of Health in Social Science and also external health and social care practitioners. Students are expected to engage in their learning through group discussions, lectures and by reading relevant scholarly literature.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  80
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Modified ViPER (Oral and visual presentation) (30%)

Course work, 2,000-2,500 words (70%)
Feedback The formative assessment is feedback on a 1 page plan developed by the student for the oral and visual presentation
This will enable students to develop skills in preparing for a poster and oral presentation.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Reflect on and discuss the complex nature of providing care in the community context.
  2. Assess and define the health needs of a specific community for the purposes of change management.
  3. Formulate an action plan for health improvement activities for addressing the health needs of a community.
  4. Demonstrate understanding and interpret current health and social care policies and legislation and practice in accordance with these and the NMC code.
  5. Discuss the important role health and social care practitioners have in enabling individuals to self-care when living with a long-term condition.
Reading List
Carers UK (2016) The State of Caring 2016. Available from:
Moriarty J, Manthorpe J and Cornes M (2015) Reaching out or missing out: approaches to outreach with family carers in social care organisations, Health and Robinson, J Elkan, R(1996) Health Needs Assessment: Theory and Practice. Churchill Livingstone.
Social Care in the Community 23 (1) 42-50
Rollnick S, Miller, WR, Butler CC (2008) Motivational Interviewing in Health Care. Helping Patients Change Behaviour. Guilford Press London
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to employ skills to gather, organise and interpret orally and in written form complex data and information.
Application of skills in seeking out relevant information and to be able to report in oral and written form key evidence based.
Illustration of the ability to construct and articulate verbally and in written form the needs of individuals and communities to an audience.
Employ skills which illustrate synthesis of relevant policy and research evidence to plan care for people in the community.
Employs skills with a range of software packaged and IT to undertake assessments
Employs organisation and time management skills for managing the course work
KeywordsCommunity Social care,Health improvement,Behaviours,lifestyle choices
Course organiserMrs Charlotte Taylor
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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