- Class Number 7189
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Helen Keane
- Dr Helen Keane
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This course introduces students to sociological perspectives on health, illness, and medicine. It explores the social, political, cultural, and economic forces that shape contemporary medicine and experiences of health. Using a range of theoretical approaches, the course will examine case studies related to the illness experience, health inequalities, biomedical knowledge and practices, and the impact of medical technologies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply key sociological concepts to explain the social distribution of health, healthcare, and disease
- analyse disease and illness experiences using a variety of social theories;
- evaluate the impact of biomedicine on identity and embodiment;
- communicate the sociological analysis of health and illness to non-sociological audiences; and
- reflect on their learning in relation to the content of the course.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture Health, Medicine and Illness: A sociological introduction|
|2||Lecture and Tutorial Medical knowledge||Learning journal: 8 submissions required over the semester based on weekly readings|
|3||Lecture and Tutorial Health practices|
|4||Lecture and Tutorial Experiences of chronic illness and disability|
|5||Lecture and Tutorial Social inequalities and health|
|6||Lecture and Tutorial Sociology of mental health and illness|
|7||Lecture and Tutorial Medicalisation and differences in medicine|
|8||Lecture and Tutorial Screening, risk and diagnosis||Podcast assessment due|
|9||Lecture and Tutorial Medical encounters|
|10||Lecture and Tutorial Open session|
|11||Lecture and Tutorial Developments in health policy|
|12||Lecture and Tutorial Concluding thoughts|
|13||Exam period||Essay due|
Please register on Wattle for SOCY2162
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Learning journal||30 %||5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation will not be part of the summative assessment for this course. Students will receive feedback during tutorial participation, which will include feedback on their learning journal ideas.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 5
Reflections on weekly reading, 200 words each, eight to be submitted over the semester. Feedback will be provided 1) in week 6 and 2) in week 12. One overall grade will be provided in week 12.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 4
Podcast will be produced in groups: 5 minutes, approx 1000 words (25%). In addition an individual rationale will be submitted, 500 words (10%).
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Research essay, 2000 words.
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You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
Please note: Wattle Assignment will be used to submit the Assessment Item #4 (the recorded podcast). All other assessment items are to be submitted through Turnitin Assignment.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for students
The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Medical sociology, sociology of drugs, gender studies
Dr Helen Keane
Dr Helen Keane