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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5234M From Conception to the Grave: Health in a Global Context

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Nick Emmel

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students will be able to assess sociological approaches to health, illness and medicine, and review related empirical research.


- Socio-historical perspectives on the emergence of biomedicine
- Medicalisation and medical dominance
- Social patterns and inequalities in health status
- Illness states, lay beliefs and behaviour, the practitioner-patient relationship
- Consumerism and self-help
- Alternative medicine and therapies
- Health care division of labour
- Organisation and management of health care services
- Health policy and politics
- Healthism and late modern culture.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 6,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/12/2010 12:23:57


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