Course Title: Birth in Different Cultures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Birth in Different Cultures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Linda Jones

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7417

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 201, level 6, room 9

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Nil pre requisites. Students choosing this course are undertaking the Masters having completed the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

Course Description

This course gives the students the opportunity to explore the social and cultural aspects of birth in the various communities within indigenous and multicultural Australia, and from a global perspective. It discusses birth in the light of traditional practices and the adaptation of these practices within Australian health care system. The course challenges the students to explore the resultant impact of cultural practices on midiwfery practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  • Professional responsibilities and accountability.
  • Midwifery Practice.
  • Health Education and promotion
  • Legislation, policies and procedures.

Critically examine the theoretical orientations applied to the study of birth in different cultures.

Overview of Learning Activities

There is a range of learning requirements for this course that require different learning activities. This will be organised on an indivdual basis depending on the students needs.

Overview of Learning Resources

The entire course is supported by information, learning activities and resources on myRMIT Studies. Textbooks, journal articles and the elctronic media also provide learning resources for students.

Overview of Assessment

This will be dependent on the learning contract drawn up between the student and lecturer but will include a range of assessments tasks such as presentation and essays.