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|
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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:
On campus: 1.5hr online lecture weekly, 1hr tutorial weekly starting in week2, (web-dependent)
Off campus/distance: 1.5 online lecture weekly, Discussion forum contributions (web-dependent)
Reflective piece (1500 words) (30%)
Essay (3000 words) (40%)
Online exam (30%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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