SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS

PHE5SHI

2014

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students explore the discipline of medical sociology and the substantive issues raised, and the theoretical perspectives developed to study them are critically examined. The provision and organisation of health care are examined with emphasis on the social and political context in which public health is pursued and ill-health treated. Based around the premise that illness is as much a social as it is a biological process, themes such as inequality, health and work, genomics, the social context of medical technology complementary and alternative health care and mental health are explored.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEvan Willis

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn introduction to the sociology of health and illnessPreliminaryWhite, K 20082ND EDN, SAGE
ReadingsSecond opinion: an introduction to health sociologyPreliminaryGermov, J (ed)4TH EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE

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City, 2014, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEvan Willis

Class requirements

Lecture
Three 1.0 days lecture per study period and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
one 1,500-word essay40
one 2,500-word essay60