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ATS2735

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedGippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Vaughan Higgins

Notes

Previously coded SCY2806

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to sociological understandings of health and illness. The first section looks at the social production and patterning of health and illness, and provides a critique of the contemporary focus on health promotion. The middle section engages with recent sociological analyses of issues related to gender, the body, the illness experience and mental illness. The third section provides an understanding of the social organization of health care with a focus on the role of scientific medicine. The ways in which both occupational groupings and patients have sought to challenge medical dominance are also examined.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of the 'social' in the construction, production and experience of illness
  • Understand the different ways in which sociologists research and theorise about health and illness
  • Critically assess the social organisation of health-care
  • Contribute to public debates on health promotion, lifestyle and risk
  • Apply their sociological knowledge to their own lives in a reflexive way.

Assessment

Assignment 1 (1000 words) : 25%
Assignment 2 (1500 words) : 35%
Examination (2 hours) : 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hr seminar per week)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802, or equivalents

Prohibitions

ATS3735, GSC2206, GSC3216, SCY2816, SCY3806