HLED322-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Critical Analysis of Contemporary Health Issues

15 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


Students will critically examine and debate a range of health issues they have encountered in earlier courses, through the media and in their internships. Students will analyse the determinants influencing health issues, and the related implications and consequences for a diverse range of clientele. They will provide recommendations for addressing issues and enhancing wellbeing through effective health education strategies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically examine factors contributing to an identified health issue.
2. Examine the role of the media and other technological influences on the issue.
3. Examine data, research and relevant policies and legislation regarding the issue within Aotearoa/New Zealand.
4. Critically analyse the implications of this issue for people who are affected, paying particular attention to various cultural and population groups.
5. Justify, and support with evidence, recommendations for future action, that could achieve a more equitable outcome for people who are affected.
6. Determine how health education in educational settings can be an empowering and emancipatory experience for diverse learners by examining a range of socio-cultural pedagogies in health education.
7. Participate constructively as a group member in discussions and debates around contemporary health issues.
8. Facilitate discussion and debate around contemporary health issues and demonstrate the facilitation skills required for robust and productive discussion.


HLED221 and HLED222 or HLED223, or 60 points in Health related subjects at 200 level, or by approval of course coordinator

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 10:00 Rehua 530 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 240 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tracy Clelland


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature review: Critical Issue in Health Education 19 Aug 2019 40% 3000 words max plus references. This is due by 11:55pm.
Facilitation activity 15% Presentations will occur across the semester
Workshop session 45% Planning, implementation and evaluation of a workshop related to a critical issue. Between 23 Sep 2019 and 14 Oct 2019.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Kass, N; An Ethics Framework for Public Health; 2001 (American Journal of Public Health, 91(11):1776-1782).

Ministry of Health; Intersectoral Community Action for Health (ICAH) Evaluation: An Overview; Wellington: Ministry of Health, 2008 (Free access through: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/intersectoral-community-action-health-icah-evaluation-overview).

Ministry of Health; Regional Services Planning: How District Health Boards are Working Together to Deliver Better Health Services; Wellington: Ministry of Health, 2012.

Ministry of Health; The New Zealand Health Strategy. Public Health (Wellbeing) in New Zealand: Interface with Local Government; Wellington: Ministry of Health, 2009.

National Ethics Advisory Committee; Getting Through Together: Ethical Values for a Pandemic; Wellington: Ministry of Health, 2007 (Free online access: https://neac.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/getting-through-together-jul07.pdf).

Signal, L; The health equity assessment tool : a user's guide; Ministry of Health, 2008.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general/general_regs_dishonest_practice.shtml).

Assessment and grading system

Assignments are graded on the University of Canterbury Grading Scale:  

Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A pass is 50 marks or over.


Attendance at class sessions is expected throughout the course. Students must attend and participate in the course sufficiently to meet the learning outcomes. Students and staff are expected to behave in a professional manner during class i.e. arrive on time, refrain from mobile phone use and inform the lecturer if they must leave early. Due to the practical nature of HLED courses, the lecturer reserves the right to determine that insufficient attendance has affected a student’s ability to meet learning outcomes.

Late submission of work

Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will incur a penalty of 10% per day of the original grade. Days late include weekend and holidays. Work will not be marked after 5 days. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after assignments have been returned.

Other specific requirements

Written assignments must be word processed. Assignments will be submitted electronically. Keep a copy of all assignments.

Requests for extensions

Under exceptional circumstances (eg illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor is required.


Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.

Academic Liaison

Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll and Raesha Ismail are in charge of liaison with students in the undergraduate health sciences courses as the BHSci programme coordinator in the School of Health Sciences. Your class will appoint a student representative to the liaison committee at the start of the semester. Please feel free to talk to the Academic Liaison or the student rep about any problems or concerns that you might have.

Disability Support

Students with disabilities may access the University’s Disability Resource Service to access support. Further information can be found on their website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

Reconsideration of Grade

Students should, in the first instance, speak to the course co-ordinator about their grades. If they cannot reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Head of School, Health Sciences. If you remain unhappy with the result of any of your assignments, examination, or your final course grade, you may appeal against that result. See: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/results.shtml

For up to four weeks after the release of results a candidate may apply to the Examination Arrangements Senior Co-ordinator (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/contacts.shtml) for a Reconsideration of Grade. The reconsideration will normally consist of a re-marking and re-counting of the final exam script, together with a recount of the marks awarded for any other items of work. If you have extenuating circumstances which affected your performance in your examination, you should view the information on Special Considerations (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml).

Special Consideration of Assessment Items

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system dropbox in the Learn (Moodle) class site by 11:55pm on or before the due date. All assessments will be subjected to the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.)  For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to  Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

The lecturer will inform the class if a hard-copy of any assessment is required.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $764.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All HLED322 Occurrences

  • HLED322-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019