Health, Illness and Society
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.
- Semester 1 - 2016
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
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
40 units of study at 1000 level.
Presentation: Seminar Presentation
Essay: Minor Essay based on seminar presentation
Formal Examination: Examination
Participation: Seminar Participation
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term