12 x 3-hour tutorials per semester
12 x 8-hour independent studies per semester
Admission into BNGU-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
Enrolment not permitted
NURS1024 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic introduces students to a variety of psychological and sociological theories that influence health care and health care provision across the lifespan.

Educational aims

This topic aims to develop in students a beginning understanding of psychological, sociological and lifespan factors that influence a range of health issues and contexts and to explore theories that may help explain the ways in which health care is provided differently to different people.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Determine psychological, sociological and lifespan factors that influence a person’s experience of health issues and contexts
  2. Distinguish ways in which age, gender, class, race, ethnicity, spirituality and indigeneity influence access to health care
  3. Critically analyse psychological and sociological theories to inform evidence-based nursing care
  4. Examine how these theories assist people to make sense of their own beliefs and values

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.