NUR9842 - The social ecology of caring
12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Gippsland First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
This unit examines the notion that caring is a central component of nursing theory, research and practice. Theories of caring developed by Watson, Benner, Leininger and others are critically examined. Caring is viewed as linked with socio-cultural values, ethics, spirituality, politics, economics, and, philosophy. Philosophical views are drawn from the existentialists, phenomenologists and feminists. Unit also examines holistic healing modalities, complementary and alternative therapies; individual's accounts of the experience of illness; and caring work in today's health care environment. Students are encouraged to relate caring to human growth as a search for meaning and creativity.
It is anticipated that in undertaking this unit, students will be able to:
Essay 3,000 words (30%), Essay 6,00 - 6,500 words (70%).