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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP2062 Health and Society

20 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Dr Ana Manzano

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits at Level 1 from a social science related discipline or the appropriate discovery theme.

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module covers sociological approaches to:- health, illness and medicine;- medicalisation;- lay experiences and structural divisions in health;- practitioner-client encounters;- mental health;- alternative medicine; - health inequalities and diversity; - health technologies and body measurement. Using sociological theories and current empirical research the module explores the social and cultural factors which are important in contemporary medicine.


On successful completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:
- an understanding of the key themes and debates within the sociology of health and illness;
- the ability to explore the application of sociological theories and approaches to health and illness;
- an understanding of recent empirical research;
- the ability to analyse detailed knowledge and understanding of selected areas.

Skills outcomes
Written skills, IT skills, presentational skills


- Sociological theories of health and illness
- Biomedicine and medicalisation in modern society
- Illness as a social state
- The sick role and lay experience of illness
- The interaction at macro and micro levels between professionals and patients
- A critical analysis of alternative medicine and complementary therapies
- Issues of health inequalities
- The relationship between chronic illness and stigma
- Issues regarding global health andgender
- The concept of deviance with regards to mental illness
- Social and cultural aspects of death and dying
- Race and Ethnicity in Health
- A sociological approach to technological developments in the life sciences (genomics, reproductive technologies, etc.)
- The measurement of the body and health

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preperation for seminars: 100 hours
- Reading and essay writing: 40 hours
- Reading for revision: 39 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Presentations and attendance.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4,000 words100.00
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: 21/12/2018


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