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Arts, Nature and Wellbeing: Non-Clinical Interventions in Health

Module leaders:Prof Helen Chatterjee and Dr Thomas Kador
Module code:BASC0030
Taught:

Term 1
Seminar: Tuesday, 10-11am
Workshop: Thursday, 2-5pm
Tutorials: Thursday, 10-11am (alternate weeks from the second week of teaching)

Credit value:15 credits
Module level:Level 7
This module is only open to finalists, Postgraduate Taught and Affiliate students 

Artistic, environmental or museums engagements, can greatly benefit human health and wellbeing. Through exploring how to measure and evaluate the health impact of such ‘cultural interventions’, this module will challenge students to reflect on different cultural conceptions of health and illness. They will gain first-hand experience through a range of creative practice workshops, facilitated by leading practitioners and contextualised through theory-based seminars focusing on the social determinants of health, social prescribing, as well as asset based notions of cultural capital and health creation. As a key outcome, students will co-develop their own research project in cooperation with a community partner. 

The module runs over ten weeks in the autumn term with four contact teaching hours per week; a one-hour lecture delivered by leading academics from UCL and beyond and a three-hour practice-based creative workshop. Additionally there will be four one-hour group tutorials in alternating weeks.

The workshops will take place in the first half of the term and will be facilitated by cutting edge practitioners in the respective fields. After reading week the workshops will be replaced by a weekly three-hour data collection visit with a selected community partner, focusing on delivering a research or evaluation project that adds value to the partner and provides real world learning opportunities for the students.

Students will be expected to carry out self-directed research, collaborate with community partners as well as service users and to seek out specific expertise and resources for their individual projects where needed.

Students will receive formative feedback in fortnightly group tutorials, on their reflective journals, drafts of their project reports and their oral presentations.

Assessment

  1. Individual student reflective journal - 30%
  2. Student presentation (7 minutes per student) - 20%
  3. 3,000 word project report - 50%

Students enrolled on the module can view more information on Moodle.

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