Health, Illness and Society
Available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006
This course provides a sociological analysis of health and illness in contemporary western industrialised societies. The main focus is on the range of social inequalities which determine health status and access to health care. The role of class, gender, 'race', ethnicity, age, and work will be explored in relation to the broad distribution of health and illness.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:
1. Discuss the social context of health and illness.
2. Recall the key theories, concepts and perspectives used in the sociology of health and illness.
3. Relate health outcomes and class, gender, 'race', ethnicity and work.
4. An ability to critically analyse health issues beyond the biomedical paradigm.
5. Skills in writing academic essays, tutorial presentations and evaluating different arguments and approaches in the study of health and illness.
- The Social Context of Health and Illness.
- Capitalism, Industrialism and Health.
- Health and Social Inequality: Class, 'Race', Gender, Ethnicity, and Work.
- Indigenous Australians and Health Inequalities.
- Access to the health care system and health resources.
- Medical Dominance and the Medicalisation of Social Life
This course is replacing SOCA2190 and HUMA3170.
Students who have completed SOCA2190 and HUMA3170 should not enrol in this course.
40 units of study at 1000 level.
Modes of Delivery
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term