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HSW2220 Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifespan

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Kate Jonathan


This course introduces students to issues affecting the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations across different stages of the lifespan. Students will develop a critical understanding of the health-related needs of specific population groups to design and deliver appropriate services.

This course provides an overview of development across the lifespan and links these to health and social conditions affecting different populations. It considers biological and psychological factors and their interplay with broader structural factors including social determinants of health. The course addresses health and wellbeing issues from birth to the end of life, with a focus on promoting health for diverse individuals and populations. Specifically, this course considers the health and wellbeing of people living in rural and remote areas, First Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and people who are homeless.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Identify how social, cultural, economic and political contexts influence health and wellbeing in different populations;
  2. Explain relationships between biological, psychological and social factors and individuals' experience of health and wellbeing;
  3. Integrate and apply knowledge of the major developmental stages across the lifespan in the design and evaluation of programs and resources for different communities;
  4. Identify the health-related needs of specific populations and explain the structures within society that influence their health and wellbeing;
  5. Interpret the professional practice implications of working with diverse populations in Australian communities.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The complex and dynamic nature of health 20.00
2. Social determinants of health 20.00
3. Lifespan development 20.00
4. Living with chronic health conditions 20.00
5. Health issues for specific populations 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 50 1,2,3
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 50 3,4,5
Date printed 30 June 2022