20 credits at level HE4
This is an introductory module that will introduce students to core concepts that are relevant to health and well being in contemporary British society. It is intended that this module will facilitate further independent learning and enquiry that is related to students' experiences of health and well being and will develope an understanding of key concepts of health and well being that can be applied in a range of community setttings.The module will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to health and well being and will draw from a number of relevant academic disciplines and perspectives that are related to the experiences of the students.
By the end of this module the students will be able to:
1) Outline the social biological and psychological models of health in relation to community settings
2) Describe the concept of “ well being” in it’s multi faceted context
3) Analyse and document differing interpretations of “community” in relation to contemporary British society
4) Document the main sources of information about health and well being – e.g. statistical sources, Government surveys, research surveys, academic and web sources.
1) Models of Health
Bio- Medical Model
Bio- medical discourses of health and illness/biological determinism
Genetics /Disease/germ theory/legitimisation of health and illness
2) Social model of health /health and well being as socially constructed concept/medicalisation/political economy of health/introduction to class/ ethnicity gender and health
3) Psychological model of health - Introduction to psychological concepts in relation to the promotion of well being
5) Introduction to the concept of “community” as applied to health and well being/ gemeinschaft/gesselscaft/ Tonnies/Means and Smith/political interpretations/influences on interpretations.
6) Sources of information about health and well being – epidemiological studies/academic accounts/Government sources/Surveys (e.g. Health and Lifestyle Surveys)/Web sources.
The 200 hours notional time given to this module will be allocated as follows:
- 42 hours for classroom work with seminars, group work and discussion, interactive learning (role play) and some student led sessions where appropriate.
- 38 hours for consolidatin of classroom work
- 120 hours for working on and preparing assessments
There will be two assessments:
1) A 2,500 word essay that will assess students' understanding of the bio-medical, social and psychological models of health.
2) A case study that will assess students' understanding of the diverse interpretations of what is meant by "community".
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.|| Demonstrate an understanding of the bio-medical model of health in relation to it's application in a range of community settings in contemporary society.
||Descibe the role of the bio-medical model in determining our understanding of health in community settings and note it's strengths and limitations in relation to the social and psychological models.|
|2.||Engage with, and deploy knowledge of the social model of health.||
Document the principal discourses that underpin the social model of health and contrast these with the bio-medical model.
|3.||Outline the psychological model of health in relation to our understanding of health and well being
||Describe the psychological model of health and contrast it with the social and bio-medical models.|
|4.||Demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by "community" in contemporary British society.||Demonstrate, with the aid of a case study, an understanding of the various interpretations and applications of the word "community" in contemporary British Society.|
|5.||Demonstrate a knowledge of the location and uses of sources of information about health and well being – for example, epidemiological studies/academic accounts/Government sources/Surveys (e.g. Health and Lifestyle Surveys)/Web sources.
||Provide evidence in class discussions of an understanding of how relevant sources of information about health and well being may be accessed and used in enhancing our understanding of health and well being in a variety of community settings. Gaining evidence should be achieved by working in small goup using directed study materials.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay of 2,500 words||Case study of 2,500 words||Not formally assessed|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|