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2012 HGA138 Society, Culture and Health

Unit Level: Introductory

Available as a Student Elective: No

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Restricted to Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Paramedic Practice students.


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
HGA138 H,L,R,V

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Sem 2 H On Campus 16-JUL-2012 10-AUG-2012 03-SEP-2012 20-OCT-2012
Sem 2 L On Campus 16-JUL-2012 10-AUG-2012 03-SEP-2012 20-OCT-2012
Sem 2 R On Campus 16-JUL-2012 10-AUG-2012 03-SEP-2012 20-OCT-2012
Sem 2 V On Campus 16-JUL-2012 10-AUG-2012 03-SEP-2012 20-OCT-2012

* 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).

About Census Dates

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.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


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

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial weekly

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web dependent - L,V,H,R
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
About Flexible Study Options

M.Excl HGA101, HGA102, HGA135, HGE138, HGA239/339

Launceston Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 2)
Hobart Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 2)

STAFF: TBA (Ltn); Dr J Hooley (Sydney); Dr E Hansen (Hbt)

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