HLTH202-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Health and Society: Applied research for Aotearoa/New Zealand

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


This course introduces students to social and political changes shaping health and health care in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Through applied research, students will develop introductory skills in social science research methods to understand major population health challenges facing New Zealand.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students should:
  • Identify how social and economic changes are impacting the demographic composition and health needs of New Zealanders
  • Understand changing patterns of inequalities in NZ and why this may impact the health outcomes of future generations
  • Recognise the principles of qualitative research methods and apply qualitative research skills to understand one aspect of social change in NZ and its implications for health
  • Develop and apply qualitative data analysis skills to a NZ health data set.


Either 15 points in HLTH or any 45 points

Timetable Note

Classes will be held from 2–4 pm on Mondays in Wheki 203 and 12:30-1:30pm on Wednesdays in Wheki 103. Classes will be in seminar and lecture format. Students attending seminars are expected to complete their readings in advance in order to contribute to class discussions and activities.

Course Coordinator

Jeff Foote

Jeff Foote is based at the Institute of Environmental Science (27 Creyke Rd, Ilam). He does not keep office hours but can be contacted by email jeff.foote@canterbury.ac.nz or phone (03) 3510 6019.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Group presentation 23 Aug 2017 20%
Essay (1500 words) 29 Sep 2017 40%
Exam 40% To be held during the official UC End-of-year Examination period (end of Semester 2). Check the UC examination timetable for date, time and room venue. Keep up to date through this link: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/

Group Presentation (20%)
On a topic of rural change, your group should prepare a 15 minute presentation that describes the historical importance of the topic to New Zealand and the health implications for rural Canterbury.
In class, students will divide into groups to address one of the following topics:
• 1. Population Ageing and Rural Health Care
Case Study: Hurunui District
• 2. Deinstitutionalisation
Case Study: Queen Mary Hospital, Hanmer Springs
• 3. Therapeutic places
Case Study: Hanmer Hot Springs
• 4. Health care restructuring
Case Study: Waikari Hospital and the Hurunui District
• 5. A city in transition: health needs in Canterbury
Case Study: The ageing population in Christchurch

Each group will be provided with background readings and is expected to do additional research to find academic articles on their topic and material relevant to the study area. Based on this research, each group should develop questions to ask community experts on the field trip. Drawing on the literature and field trip information, your group will be required to provide a fifteen minute presentation to the class on the 23rd of August. This can be multimedia, but remember not to photograph or film individuals without their permission.

Your group presentation should:
• Explain what literature tells us about your topic
• Examine the implications for the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders
• Use your case study to illustrate how change has impacted the local community and health care users

Presentations will be graded on:
- Persuasiveness and coherence of the presentation (25%)
this includes the effort put in to making the presentation interesting, transitions between presenters, and overall coherence.
- The depth and quality of content (50%)
see course information for the 3 aspects of content your group presentation listed above:
- Effectiveness of slides and accuracy of information (25%)

Assignment Two: Essay (40%)
Your essay will be no more than 1,500 words on the following topic:

Choose a social determinant of health and outline the evidence for how it impacts on health and inequalities. Discuss implications for public health practice.

Good essays will have an introduction and conclusion that explain the main points you are addressing. The body of your essay should follow a clear argument throughout and draw from at least five academic references (i.e. journal articles and book chapters) that are not included in your course readings. Essays should be submitted online and in hard copy to the assignment office. The College of Education, Health and Human Development’s Assignment Room is located in the College Office – Ōrakipaoa on the Dovedale campus.

Exam (40%)
Date: TBC During University exam period.

Field Trip - 4 August 2017 (All Day)
This field trip to Hanmer Springs and Waikari Hospital is an opportunity to understand health and ageing in the context of rural communities. Individual students have been allocated to groups and are expected to use the field trip as an opportunity to collect information for the group presentations they will undertake in class.  The field trip will include a tour of the former Queen Mary Hospital Site, a visit to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Park, Hanmer Springs Medical Centre and Waikari Hospital.

To participate in the field trip, all students must have provided the instructor with a signed Field Activity Participant Declaration and Consent. We will be travelling in two UC mini vans via SH1 to Hanmer Springs.

In the event that snow closes roads, the field trip will be rescheduled for Saturday the 5th August.

Textbooks / Resources

Students will be required to access and download articles on LEARN and links to the UC library for many of the sessions.

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.

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% mark reduction per day after the specified deadline. Days late include weekend and holidays. 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 may be required.


Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.

Academic Liaison

Raesha Ismail raesha.ismail@canterbury.ac.nz is the acting liaison person (until the end of 2017) with students in the undergraduate health sciences courses as the BHSc 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 Head of School (Michael Robb) 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 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.

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 assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00 pm on or before the due date.  The lecturer may also require student assessments be processed through 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. If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 366 7001 ext 6060.

Assignments not collected in class may be collected from the College of Education, Health and Human Development’s Assignment Room located in the College Office – Ōrakipaoa on the Dovedale campus.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $732.00

International fee $2,975.00

* 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 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

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