A range of theoretical analyses - Parsonian, Marxist, Weberian and feminist - of the role of medical knowledge in modern society are examined. In the second part of the course these perspectives are developed in case studies. These case studies may reflect the interests of the students and may include the development of the medical profession, the hospital, the role of alternative medicines, the links between medical knowledge and power, as well as studies of specific diseases from a sociological perspective.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the social dynamics of health care
- Comprehend, compare and contrast a variety of theoretical perspectives in the sociology of health
- Apply a variety of theoretical perspectives to health care issues
- Analyse a disease or ill-health condition from a sociological perspective
Indicative AssessmentEssay, 2,000 words (40%). Learning outcomes 1-4
Essay, 3000 words (60%). Learning outcomes 1-4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsWhite, K. An Introduction to Sociology of Health and Illness, London, Sage, 2002.
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- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|9308||22 Jul 2019||29 Jul 2019||31 Aug 2019||25 Oct 2019||In Person|