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HSH724 - Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Fiona Andrews





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Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit will investigate cities from an ecological public health perspective. The unit is concerned with parallel histories of the health of people and their urban environments. The unit will provide students with an understanding of the changing views about people, ecology, politics, cities and health, in different times and places. Topics to be addressed include environments and health, social ecology of cities, urban transformation - impact of globalisation on urban design and community life, participation and empowerment, local expressions of grassroots advocacy around health and wellbeing, WHO Healthy Cities and Urban Governance, government policies and programs impacting on cities and municipalities and monitoring and evaluation - social indicators.


Assessment task 1: Individual wiki introducing the student and the cities/towns/communities that they come from, using the platform of the Sandbox Wiki (on CloudDeakin) and using the social determinants of health as a framework for this wiki (500 words) 10%

Assessment task 2: Individual written essay, reflecting on the city/town/community students consider home and based on the eleven parameters of a Healthy City (2500 words) 50%

Assessment task 3: Group assignment translating the scientific/empirical literature about key parameters of the urban environment in terms of Healthy Cities into a wiki (i.e. Wikipedia style) (6000-8000 words equivalent to 2000 words per student) 40%

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