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SOCL19065 Rural Communities and Health
Rural Communities and Health
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General Information


This unit will prepare you for rural practice by providing an overview of rural Australia and its socio-cultural environment. Guided by a sociological perspective, you will gain an understanding of contemporary rural Australia and rural communities, and the social structures and cultural factors that influence them. The social determinants of health for rural populations will be examined and compared with those of metropolitan areas. The health inequalities and rural 'disadvantage' will be critically examined and you will investigate the challenges in accessing health care and health professionals, social determinants, risk behaviours and occupational factors. You will learn about the meaning of ‘rurality’ and the implications of ‘rurality’ for the health of different social groups. You will be prepared for rural practice through developing an understanding of your role as professionals, and of rural health issues, including the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. While the focus of this unit is rural Australia, it would be of particular interest to those planning to live and work in rural and remote Australia; including social workers, human services practitioners, community development officers, nurses, paramedics and teachers.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Completion of 24 credit points.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit evaluation


Lack of content on rurality, rural community and rural health in the unit.


Revision of the unit content to provide stronger rural content will ensure each topic is connected to rural communities, rural health and/or professional practice in rural communities.

Feedback from Unit evaluation


The unit needs more teaching of the sociological imagination and writing with a sociological voice.


A strong introductory sociology foundation at the beginning of the unit will be provided to students to equip them with the knowledge and skill to critically think and write from a sociological perspective.

Feedback from Unit evaluation


The unit would benefit from better quality lectures and more topic content connecting the readings, unit outcomes and lectures.


New lecture notes and recordings to support the revised topic schedule will be produced for the unit. Weekly learning outcomes will be communicated to students to direct their reading and learning.

Feedback from Unit evaluation


For the unit's assessment, fewer large written assessments and more smaller percentage weighted assessments are wanted.


There will be the removal of a main essay and replacement of the two major written assessments with a variety of smaller assessments types.

Feedback from Unit evaluation


Students request better marking and feedback on assessments and improvement in communicating the assessment requirements by adding more detail and a clearer marking rubric.


The University moderation processes will be undertaken by the marking team and individualised feedback provided to students to support their improvement on future assignment performance (content, structure, referencing).

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use a sociological perspective to explain health and social issues in rural and remote Australia
  2. Explore the social determinants of health and how they may impact rural communities in rural and remote areas
  3. Distinguish the health and social issues and challenges experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other social groups (e.g. new migrants, people living with disabilities) living in rural and remote communities
  4. Explain the unique role of the health or social work professional working and living in rural and remote Australia.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
3 - Portfolio - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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