This course introduces students to sociological perspectives on health, illness, and mortality. It explores the social, political, cultural, and economic forces that shape contemporary medicine and health-care delivery systems. Using a range of theoretical approaches, the course will examine case studies related to the illness experience, health inequalities, patient-centred reforms, and the impact of medical technologies. This course will also cover clinical sociology, that is, the application of health sociology to arenas outside of the university setting.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply key sociological concepts to explain the social distribution of health, healthcare, and disease in Australia;
- analyse disease and illness experiences using a variety of social theories;
- evaluate the impact of biomedicine on experiences of different life stages;
- communicate the sociological analysis of healthcare and health conditions to non-sociological audiences; and
- reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the content of the course.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) Learning Outcome 5
Annotated Bibliography, 500 words (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-2
Essay, 2500 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 1-2
Group Podcast, 5 minutes with script of 1,500 words (25%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Individual Written Explication of Podcast, 500 words (15%) 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.
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