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.
- Learning journal (8x 200 words over the semester) (30) [LO 5]
- Podcast (group task with individual written elements, 1500 words) (35) [LO 4]
- Essay (2000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3]
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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
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6669||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||N/A|