20 credits at level HE5
• To provide an introduction to the sociology of Health and Illness vis a vis the critical evaluation of the biomedical and social models of health in relation to health care provision
• To examine health inequalities in respect of class, gender and ethnic differentials.
• To consider current health issues and debates, as applied to the students’ vocational areas.
• Key sociological concepts and themes
• Concepts of health, illness and disease
• Models of health
• Measuring health
• Socio-economic factors and health
• Current debates in health care provision
• Critical thinking in relation to interpretation, analysis and evaluation
200 learning hours (60 guided or taught learning hours)
The above areas will be covered through some lecture/presentation sessions, small group work and individual activities. One to one sessions will be dedicated to individual student support and the monitoring of progress.
N.B. Students will be encouraged to communicate with peers and tutors through the use of e-mail.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Identify key relevant sociological themes underpinning the study of the sociology of health & illness||Select appropriate themes to specific topic area to be explored in written work|
|2.||Evaluate socio-economic factors and their impact on health||Analyse current issues in health inequality and health care provision through written work|
|3.||Critically review the above in relation to own vocational area||Apply the above issues to specific group/area of health care provision|
|4.||Interpret, analyse and evaluate information from a range of sources relevant to the subject area eg appropriate websites and journals||Select appropriate sociological concepts and perspectives realted to a specific area of study and apply these in written work|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||One essay of 2,500 words|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Ahmed W.I.U. (ed) (1994) Race and Health in Contemporary Britain
O. U. Press
Bartley, Mel, Blane, David, Smith, George Davey (1998) The Sociology of Health Inequalities, Blackwell Publishers
Bury Michael & Gabe Jonathan (2004) The Sociology of Health and Illness, A Reader
Clarke, A. (2001) The Sociology of Health Care, Pearson Education Ltd
Field, D. & Taylor, S. (eds) (1998), Sociological Perspectives on Health, Illness and Health Care
Nettleton, S. (1995), The Sociology of the Body, Polity.
Nettleton, S. (1995), The Sociology of Health and Illness, Polity.
Scambler, G (ed) (1997), Sociology as applied to Medicine, W.B. Saunders Co
Scambler, G (2002), Health and Social Change, A critical theory, Open University
Weiss, L. Gregory & Lonnquist, Lynne E. (1997), The Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness, Prentice Hall
Wilkinson, R.G. (1996), Unhealthy Societies: the afflictions of inequality, Routledge
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