Significant Issues in Women's Health

Subject GENP70001 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is conducted via distance education.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours



Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application and a web browser. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


Academic Contact:

A/Prof Kelsey Hegarty
Phone: 03 8344 4992

Administrative Contact:

Weilun Nien
Phone: 03 9035 3821

Subject Overview:

This subject addresses the impact of significant milestones across the lifecycle on women’s well-being and sense of self. It includes issues from adolescence, the childbearing years and parenting, the middle years, menopause and after. It aims to engender knowledge of the issues that impact on women’s health including depression and other mood disorders, body image, sexuality, abuse, work and family and aspects of loss and grief.


At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Describe the impact of socio-psychological factors on women’s health and well-being
  • Critically discuss the impact of women’s roles and responsibilities on their health and well-being
  • Explain how significant biological milestones in a woman’s life affect her health and well-being
  • Discuss the health challenges faced by women from minority groups, including cultural minorities, women with disabilities and lesbian women.
  • 1,500-word written assignment due mid semester (30%)
  • 2,000 word assignment covering all key aspects of the subject due end of semester (40%)
  • Preparation of a presentation including all materials equivalent to 1,500 words due end of semester (30%)
  • Reflective journal due end of semester (pass/fail hurdle requirement)

Students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% and a pass in the hurdle requirement in order to pass the subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • enhanced critical thinking skills
  • further developed written and oral communication skills
  • further developed skills working in a multidisciplinary time

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