Health and Society

Ficha de unidade curricular - Ano letivo 2021/2022

Code: LAS18
Acronym: SS
Section/Department: Science and Technology
Semester/Trimester: 2nd Semester
Acronym Curricular Years ECTS
Teaching weeks: 15
Weekly workload:
Hours/week T TP P PL L TC E OT OT/PL TPL O S
Type of classes
Head: Helena Maria Espada Simões
Lectures: Ema Isabel Martins da Luz Inácio
Helena Maria Espada Simões

Teaching language


Intended learning outcomes (Knowledges, skills and competencies to be developed by the students)

- Understands health concepts regarding the biological, psychological and social dimension.
- Identifies the factors that affect the health of individuals and populations
- Identifies beliefs and attitudes within health issues
- Plans interventions for health promotion
- Develops materials to support their interventions
- Reflects about their future professional involvement in health promotion


- Health Promoting Factors that affect health
- Health Education as a strategy within Health Promotion
- Changing health behavior – theories and models
- Planning interventions to promote health – strategies and activities
- Health in our daily life – confronting different perspectives

Other contents: in relation to students interests specific issues will be approached inviting guest speakers.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the UC intended learning outcomes

The themes and concepts approached, allow the development of a broad view about the field of health education and the different models and theories that can support projects that promote health.

Teaching methodologies

The work within this unit is organized in thematic modules. Seminars are held with guest speakers who bring their expertise and provide a broad view of the field of health education. Teaching methodologies include research, participation in seminars, planning and executing intervention projects within a specific context.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's intended learning outcomes

Teaching methodologies reflect the diversity of subjects and approaches within health education. Emphasis is made upon the conception and implementation of intervention projects according to specific contexts.

Assessment methodologies and evidences

The final assessment includes participation in classe activities (10%), a written test (30%) and the group project work (60%).

Attendance system

In all practical activities compulsory participationis 75%. In the tutorial sessions compulsory participation is 90%.


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