Courses & Units

Sociology of Health and Illness HGA239


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
Unit code HGA239
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law & Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr Emily Hansen (Hbt & Distance)

Teaching staff

Dr Emily Hansen (Hbt & Distance)

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


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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HGA229, HGA329, HGE232, HGE332, HGA139, HGA135


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On campus:  1.5hr online lecture weekly, 1hr tutorial fortnightly, 1hr seminar fortnightly (web-dependent)

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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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