Courses & Units

Society, Culture and Health HGA138

Hobart, Launceston, Rozelle - Sydney, Darlinghurst - Sydney


Restricted to Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Health students.


This unit examines the ways in which socio-cultural factors and power relations in Australia affect experiences of health and illness. Following an introduction to the sociology of health and illness, the subject is divided into four modules: (1) 'Ideas about health and illness' explores different approaches to health in the Australian context; (2) 'Social structure and health examines the intersections between social structures and health experiences by examining: ethnic and indigenous health issues, the relationship between social class and health, and gender and health; (3) 'Experiencing health and illness' applies a sociological approach to understanding issues and contemporary debates about health and illness with a particular focus on chronic illness; and (4) 'Working in health' explores health care systems, the health workforce and complementary and alternative medicine.


Unit name Society, Culture and Health
Unit code HGA138
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology & Criminology
Teaching staff

Dr Peta Cook (Ltn); Dr Kim McLeod (Sydney); Dr Emily Hansen (Hbt)

Level Introductory


Location Semester Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Darlinghurst - Sydney Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2015 10/8/2015 31/8/2015 16/10/2015

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2015 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2015 will be available from the 1st October 2014.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2015: $769.00 2015: $1,812.00 090301

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Teaching Pattern

2 hour lecture and 1 tutorial weekly


Online Quizzes (20%); 1500 word essay (40%); 2 hour exam (40%)

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