This unit applies a critical sociological perspective to health, illness and medicine. Each year the unit will use topical examples to explore 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. Recent examples include vaccination, breastfeeding, alternative medicine, wellness influencers, professionalisation among allied health practitioners and political debates about private health insurance. This unit is highly relevant for students interested in social research or work in sociology, social work, health and social policy related areas. The unit objectives are: (1) to familiarise students with key health related sociological theories and empirical research; (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
|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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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain key concepts, debates and theoretical approaches relating to the sociology of health and illness.
- Apply relevant sociological theories and empirical research findings when discussing contemporary health and illness issues.
- Articulate your own position on key debates about health and illness.
- Communicate your ideas in written forms, using appropriate sociological language and concepts.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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25 points at introductory level in any discipline or admission to A1C Diploma of Creative Arts and Health
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
Task 1: Reflective piece, 1500 words (30%)
Task 2: Essay, 3000 words (40%)
Task 3: Online exam (30%)
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