HSC8047 : Health and Society
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Duika Burges Watson
- Lecturer: Professor Ted Schrecker, Dr Ruth Graham, Dr Suzanne Moffatt, Professor Janice McLaughlin, Professor Simon Forrest, Dr Gethin Rees
- Owning School: FMS Graduate School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To understand how sociological perspectives on health, illness and medicine are fundamental to an understanding of contemporary society.
The course will begin with an overview of sociological ideas and perspectives as an introduction to the discipline. This will lead into discussion of the social context of health at a macro and micro sociological levels. The case for an understanding of social factors in health and illness will be made by considering a range of social theories and social structure (social class, gender, ethnicity, age). Students will then apply their knowledge of social theory and social structure to a range of health-related topics which will include: history of medicine and professionalisation; lay views about health and illness; medical encounters (including doctor-patient relationships); chronic illness; disability; death, dying and bereavement. Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on inequalities in health.
Outline Of Syllabus
Introduction to social science and health and overview of social theories; history of medicine and professionalisation; social structure and health (social class, gender, ethnicity, age); lay views about health and illness; medical encounters (including doctor-patient relationships); chronic illness; disability; death, dying and bereavement.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||2||1:00||2:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||68:00||68:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Most of the learning outcomes relate to critiquing and/or analysing the subject. The students are encouraged to incorporate their own experience into their learning to enhance the benefits of the module. Knowledge and understanding is developed by lectures, seminars and interactive group work. Most sessions include exercises and small and large group discussion to facilitate critique and analysis of the subject. Students will be given one reading (paper, book chapter) one week prior to each session and will be expected/encouraged to actively contribute to seminar discussions.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||100||i) one side of A4 comprising essay structure & content ii) 2000 word essay|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The assessed essay enables students to demonstrate, in depth, the application of sociological principles to a health topic. The assignment will indicate the degree to which students’ have read around the topic and evaluate their skills in analysing and criticising information. The assignment will demonstrate students’ ability to construct a coherent argument.