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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Malaysia First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Ysanne Chapman


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:

  1. Explore the philosophical underpinnings of human caring;
  2. Critically evaluate theories of caring in nursing;
  3. Appreciate how dimensions of holistic caring can enhance practice;
  4. Explain how specific caring-healing modalities can be used to achieve optimal health outcomes;
  5. Discuss issues in caring work in the contemporary health care environment;
  6. Analyse personal accounts of the illness experience and caring;
  7. Evaluate methodologies for researching caring in nursing; and
  8. Critically reflect upon holism, and caring themes and issues in their own area of nursing practice.


Essay 3,000 words (30%), Essay 6,00 - 6,500 words (70%).

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Ysanne Chapman