Health and illness are culturally salient topics in contemporary Australia. This unit provides a sociological analysis of a number of key issues and debates from the sociology of health and illness. The unit identifies and analyses a range of issues such as, expert and public knowledges about health and illness, the social distribution and patterning of health and illness, inequalities in health, experiences of health and illness, the health professions and the politics of health care. The unit objectives are (1) to familiarise students with key sociological theories and empirical research on health and illness (2) to introduce students to contemporary sociological debates about health and illness and (3) to develop the skills of critical sociological analysis as applied to health and illness.
|Unit name||Sociology of Health and Illness|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
Dr Emily Hansen (Hbt & Distance)
Dr Emily Hansen (Hbt & Distance)
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|1||2019: $820.00||2019: $2,037.00||090301|
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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
HGA229, HGA329, HGE232, HGE332, HGA139, HGA135
On campus: 1.5hr online lecture weekly, 1hr tutorial fortnightly, 1hr seminar fortnightly (web-dependent)
Off campus/distance: 1.5 online lecture weekly, Discussion forum contributions
Level 200: Reflective activities (30%); 2,500 word assignment (40%); Online exam (30%)
Level 300: Reflective activities (30%); 3,000 word assignment (40%); Online exam (30%)
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