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|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts and Law
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
Professor Douglas Ezzy
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|1||2017: $793.00||2017: $1,903.00||090301|
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
Online Quizzes (20%); 1500 word essay (40%); take home exam (40%)
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