• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies, Health Medicine and the Body, Social Research, Sociology, Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Celia Roberts
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Why are health inequalities so persistent despite local, national, and global interventions? This course will examine this question sociologically through the exploration of evidence-based scenarios engaging with contemporary issues. Students will engage in an active and collaborative process of problem-based learning, in order to produce and explore research questions. Topics and themes will include: communicable and non-communicable diseases; risky consumption; racialisation, sex/gender, disability and social class; geopolitics; reproduction and sexuality.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. apply sociological understandings of health inequalities to real life scenarios;
  2. develop and respond to feasible and significant research questions related to health inequalities; and
  3. produce a coherent, sociological and evidence-based argument related to health inequalities.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation in problem based learning sessions (weekly) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Online topic-related posts (5x300 words) (20) [LO 2,3]
  3. Research essay (5000 words) (60) [LO 3]

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Each week students are expected to commit 10 hours to this course (totalling 130 hours over the course). This will consist of:

2 contact hours for face-to-face classes per week. The class time will be dedicated to problem based learning sessions (including presentations, activities, discussion).

1 hour of group work per week.

Approximately 94 hours (8 hours per week) of reading and writing or other study to prepare for weekly sessions and assessments.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text. Readings will be collaboratively selected by students, guided by the convenor.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4165 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
4326 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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