HLED322-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Critical Analysis of Contemporary Health Issues

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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.

In this paper, you will choose one health issue that you are passionate about and will focus on for the whole course. You will complete an extensive literature review in block one and then organise, develop and facilitate a community workshop on this Health topic in Semester two. In class you will explore pedagogical practices to ensure you can facilitate a workshop that demonstrates effective practice.  For example, in 2019 students facilitated the following workshops:

• Professional development session on nutrition for High school teachers
• Sexuality workshop for trainee teachers
• Wellbeing workshops for the BNZ bank and a local private company
• Mental health literacy for Pegasus health
• Wellbeing workshop for a local company
• Alcohol awareness for first-year university students - Year 13 students at Hillmorton High

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.
9. Develop, implement and evaluate a community workshop.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 60 points at 200 level or
above from any subject including 45 points from Health Science (HLTH, HLPA and HLED) at 200 level or

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Thursday 08:00 - 10:00 Rehua 529
19 Jul - 25 Jul
2 Aug - 8 Aug
16 Aug - 22 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
01-P2 Thursday 08:00 - 12:00 Rehua 329
26 Jul - 1 Aug
9 Aug - 15 Aug
23 Aug - 29 Aug
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 003 Music
20 Sep - 3 Oct
01-P2 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 Rehua 003 Music
4 Oct - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Tracy Clelland


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Creation of a resource for educators 30 Aug 2021 45% Creating a resource for teachers that explores a critical pedagogical approach towards a Health issue
Facilitation activity 15% Presentations will occur across the semester 2.
Planning, implementation and evaluation of a workshop 40% Workshops occur across Block 2. Written report due November 1

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic Liaison

Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll and Tracy Clelland are in charge of liaison with students in the undergraduate health sciences courses as the BHSc programme coordinators 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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $788.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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

  • HLED322-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021