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    Introduction to psychological and sociological models of thinking about health and illness, with emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening illness. Examines psychosocial impact from cancer, stress/coping, decision-making and survivorship.

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    Paper title Health and Human Behaviour
    Subject Radiation Therapy
    EFTS 0.075
    Points 9 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (19 February 2024 - 14 June 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $678.15
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    RADT 113
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    Teaching staff

    Hazel Neser


    Barkway. P., and O’Kane, D.(2019). Psychology for Health Professionals. (3rd Ed.). Sydney: Elsevier.

    Harms, L. (2020). Understanding Human Development: A multi-dimensional approach. (3rd Ed.) Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

    Opai, K. (2021). Tikanga: An introduction to te ao Māori. Aotearoa Books.

    Wepa, D. (2015). Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand.(2nd Ed.)

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Describe the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in achieving health equity in Māori cancer outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between health, well-being and human behaviour.
    • Identify social, political, economic and cultural determinants of health.
    • Discuss stress and coping in relation to diagnosis of and treatment(s) for life-threatening illness, with special emphasis on cancer.
    • Discuss risk and protective factors across the life span that affect coping with life-threatening illness.
    • Discuss decision making in relation to diagnosis, side effects and survivorship of cancer and its treatment(s)
    • Discuss resilience, both professional and patient resilience factors.


    Semester 1 (19 February 2024 - 14 June 2024)

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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