Courses & Units

Society, Culture and Health HGA138

Hobart, Rozelle - Sydney


This unit introduces a sociological perspective on health and illness. The focus will be on how social and cultural processes shape both the distribution of health and illness, and the experience of illness. Health issues such as obesity, smoking, depression, and HIV/AIDS will be examined.  The unit will also consider the illness experience, the role of mass media and technology, and what it is like to work in health care.  The unit will help you develop critical thinking skills, and provide an understanding of the role of social and cultural factors in health policy and planning.


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

Professor Douglas Ezzy

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2016 10/8/2016 29/8/2016 14/10/2016

* 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 2016 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2016 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2016: $782.00 2016: $1,857.00 090301

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Teaching Pattern

Online weekly lectures (weeks 1 to 6, and 8 to 12)

On-campus: Weekly face-to-face seminars (weeks 1 to 6, and 8 to 11)

Off-campus: Regular participation in MyLO discussion forums


Online Quizzes (40%); 1500 word essay (30%); take home exam (30%)

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