CMH284 - Social Inclusion and Healthy Populations

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Subject Title
Social Inclusion and Healthy Populations

Subject Description
Students will learn about the various dimensions of social exclusion and conceptualize social exclusion as a determinant of health. The impact of social exclusion on all domains of health will be considered, with an emphasis on mental health and wellbeing.  Students will explore current public health policies and critically evaluate their impact on addressing barriers to social inclusion.  Assessing social exclusion, and creating hypothetical community programs to increase inclusion will also be covered.  In this course, a priority will be placed on understanding the history of colonization in Canada and the social inclusion/health of Aboriginal Peoples living in Canada.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define social inclusion and social exclusion as determinants of health for the purpose of implementing advocacy and social change.
  2. Explain the links between various dimensions of social inclusion/exclusion and the health of at-risk populations in Canada to inform appropriate health promotion activities.
  3. Investigate different processes of social inclusion and exclusion that may have shaped one’s own health and well-being as a means of creating empathetic and compassionate health promotion activities for others. 
  4. Predict the risks and protective factors influencing the mental health of individuals and communities in Canada within a social determinants lens, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.
  5. Analyze the ways in which the history of colonization and contemporary processes of social exclusion affect the health/mental health of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis (FNIM) communities in Canada to challenge structures of oppression and advocate for social inclusion.
  6. Critically evaluate current health promotion initiatives for specific references to and strategies for social inclusion.
  7. Assess evidence-informed approaches to addressing health disparities to develop interventions that promote the mental health of particular populations.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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