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    A foundational introduction to human health and development across the lifespan integrating the basic sciences, health psychology, ethics and communication.

    The paper provides an understanding of the biological, socio-cultural and individual factors that influence individual and universal human lifespan development. Ethical concepts and the major theories of human development are introduced. The focus of the paper is on lifespan development in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

    About this paper

    Paper title Human Health Across the Lifespan
    Subject Community Health Care
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (HUBS 191 or PTWY 131) and HUBS 192
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science
    Teaching staff

    Dr Judith Sligo (Convenor) and a range of expert guest lecturers.

    Paper Structure

    The paper has five modules addressing physical, psychological, and social development in context across these stages:

    1. Pregnancy and infancy
    2. Childhood
    3. Adolescence and young adulthood
    4. Adulthood
    5. Older adults


    • Two written assignments: the first worth 15% and the second 20% of the total final grade
    • One group presentation worth 10% of the total final grade
    • A three-hour exam, worth 55% of the total final grade

    Textbooks are not required for this paper. A course book is provided and key readings are placed on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, information literacy, research, self-motivation, environmental literacy, teamwork, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Describe and understand the multidimensional nature of lifespan development
    • Demonstrate an understanding of context on human development
    • Have an awareness of the healthcare services available to people at different stages of life
    • Analyse and discuss a range of health-related case studies
    • Understand ethical concepts and be able to apply them in healthcare settings
    • Develop an awareness of difference (culture, gender, age, sexuality, disability) and a consciousness of own biases
    • Develop good listening and communication skills and understand professional boundaries
    • Assimilate, filter and critically analyse a broad range of information


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 10, 12, 16-17, 19, 21


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 10-13, 15-22
    A2 Friday 15:00-16:50 10-12, 15-22
    A3 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 10-13, 15-22
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