SOCY321 Sociology of Health and Illness

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Updated: 17 December 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 12cp at 100 level in SOCY or any 24cp; or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions SOCY221
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Cary Bennett (
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to major issues and perspectives in the sociology of health and illness. Sociological perspectives examine the social context of health and illness and how social, cultural and political interventions influence health. The unit explores major theoretical perspectives in health sociology; the influence of class, gender and ethnicity on health; global and rural health problems; health promotion, community health services, among other topics.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the major issues and perspectives associated with the field of health sociology;
  2. use independent judgement to critically evaluate the often complex issues surrounding sociological approaches to health and illness; and
  3. apply these conceptual tools to analyse health inequalities associated with class, race/ethnicity and gender, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others.