Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Health Promotion

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION A rights-based approach to the protection and promotion of adolescent and youth health is adopted in this unit. This study-unit will explore efforts specifically targeted towards adolescents and young people for special risk reduction in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and fitness, substance use, sexual behaviour, violence, unintentional injury, oral health, and mental health. The rationale for focusing on these particular health issues becomes obvious when one examines the major source of mortality and morbidity during adolescence, and later in life.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is:

- to introduce participants to the development and methods of Health Promotion,

- to make participants aware of the application and delivery of HP in selected thematic areas relevant to youth,

- to explore how access to learning influences health,

- to explore how adult family members, community leaders, religious and faith, groups, institutions and peers all influence young people and their health and development.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Critically analyse the concepts discussed in the study-unit

• Demonstrate insight into contemporary debates and issues surrounding the nature of health promotion

• Understand the terminology utilised in the study of health promotion

• Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical perspectives on health promotion

• Evaluate approaches to intervention and prevention and youth work practice

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Critically engage with the subject matter

• Apply course material to the local context and to youth work practice

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

J.M. Paxman and R.J. Zuckerman, “Laws and policies affecting adolescent health” (Geneva, WHO, 1987).
18 Population Concern

Young People: Sexual & Reproductive Health (London, 2001)

Hope Ph.; [1995] Youth Health: Analysis and Action, Commonwealth Secreteriat Publication

Millstein SG.; Petersen AC.; Nightingale EO.; [1993] Promoting the Health of Adolescents, USA, Oxford University Press

Nutbeam D.; [1986] Health Promotion Glossary, Health Promotion Vol.1, No.1, May, 1986

WHO, Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, Growing in Confidence: Lessons from Eight Countries in Successful Scaling Up of Adolescent Health and Development Programming (Geneva, 2002) (WHO/FCH/CAH/02.13)

Millstein SG., Petersen AC., Nightingale EO., [Eds.] 1993, Promoting the Health of Adolescents, Oxford University Press, USA]

Bunton R., and Macdonald G., [1992], Health Promotion Disciplines and Diversity, New York, Routledge

Concepts and Principles in Action [1984], A Policy Framework, Health Promotion, WHO

Downie RS.; Fyfe C.; and Tannahill A., [1992], Health Promotion

Models and Values, New York, Oxford University Press

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joanne Cassar
Peter Marc Farrugia

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