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MMHU6908 - Dignity
Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band three
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Medicine
Offered session(s): 1
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Claire Hooker

Classes: 2 day intensive face to face + biweekly online discussion

Assessment: 1x3000 wd essay (40%), 1x1500 wd essay (20%), creative work (30%) and online contributions (10%)

This single semester unit of study examines the concept and nature of dignity in medical contexts. Dignity is usually regarded as being a core human value in medicine, with patients finding loss of dignity one of the most challenging aspects of the experience of critical illness and conversely the preservation of dignity being a constant (if, perhaps, rarely accomplished) goal for health care workers. Modelled on regular retreats held by medical humanities institutions overseas, this unit explores the sensory, embodied, conceptual, historical and philosophical components of dignity through expert-led conversations, academic research and the creative arts. Students will be encouraged to challenge and share their ideas and experiences about dignity with senior medical professionals, patients and their peers.
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