Health Sociology I

Course code SOCA1200Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will introduce students to the sociological study and understanding of health and illness, focusing predominantly on Australian society. The course will examine the causes, nature and consequences of major health inequalities, the ways they are culturally understood, and some of the most important attempts to address them. Substantive topics may be drawn from a range of areas including the social distribution of health and illness; health promotion and illness prevention; access to health care; the state and health care system; the division of labour in the health workforce; ideologies of health, illness and inequality; and health, politics and social change.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of sociological approaches to the study of health and illness.
2. An understanding of some of the social, economic, political and cultural factors involved in the reproduction or transformation of inequalities in health and health care in Australian society.
3. Skills in critically reading, analysing and evaluating health sociology literature.
4. Skills in researching, constructing and presenting well-supported arguments in written and verbal form.
Content1. Sociological approaches to the study and understanding of health and illness.
2. The social distribution of health and illness in Australian society.
3. Health promotion and illness prevention.
4. Access to health care.
5. The Australian health care system.
6. Health, politics and social change.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot applicable.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1,200 words worth 40%
Examination: Formal(50%) A two hour multiple choice exam due end of semester based on lecture and tutorial readings.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial Participation worth 10%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA1200