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DSUR2122 Social Sciences Related to Dentistry

10 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Stella Kwan

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


DSUR1127Health and Health Promotion
DSUR1128Intro to the Oral Environment
DSUR1130Anxiety and Pain Management
DSUR1230Oral Diseases, Defence and Repair
DSUR1250Personal and Professional Development 1


DSUR2200Clinical Skills A
DSUR2220Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
DSUR2240Clinical Practice 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module follows on from aspects of sociology and psychology in year 1. It links to year 3 modules PPD3/Communication which deals with stress and anxiety, Illness and Wellbeing and Student Projects. You will focus on the social, cultural, psychological and environmental factors that impact on health and wellbeing, including issues relevant to patient care. In particular you will consider behavioural theories and techniques in understanding health behaviours and managing patients with dental anxiety will be explored. You will be introduced to evidence-based practice and the skills to find and appraise published evidence.


This module will:
- give you opportunities to understand aspects of social sciences related to dentistry, evidence-based practice,
psychological models and theories in the management of dental anxiety.
- allow you to undertake literature searches which will allow you to understand how to develop search strategies.
- enable you to understand and identify the quality of evidence and how to critically apprise scientific papers.
- will address the following General Dental Council learning outcomes:
- be familiar with the social, cultural and environmental factors which contribute to health or illness
- be familiar with social and psychological issues relevant to the care of patients.
- be competent at managing fear and anxiety with behavioural techniques (and empathising with patients in stressful

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the students will be able to:
1. Identify health trends and demonstrate appreciation of how psychological and social factors may affect health, illness and
its treatment.
2. Apply social/psychological theories/models to patient care.
3. Describe and explain dental anxiety and behavioural treatments.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the strategies used to critically appraise published evidence.

Skills outcomes
No additional skills and gained over and above those listed above


• Health and Disease Patterns
• Health Inequalities
• Ethnicity and Health
• Social Construction of Disease and Stigmatising conditions
• Social Context of the Doctor/Dentist – Patient relationship
• Models of Illness and health behaviour
• Living with Chronic Illness
• Pain (psychological aspects)
• Depression and introduction to other psychiatric illnesses
• Dental Anxiety and knowledge of various treatment
• Evidence based practice

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
On-line Learning31.003.00
Interactive Lecture11.501.50
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours50.50
Total Contact hours29.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent online learning:
• Practice in the use of search strategies for the Medline database
• Familiarisation with the Cochrane library site
Private study:
• Reflection on stereotyping and prejudice and completion of PPD file
• Reading for seminars
• Critical reading of a research paper seminar preparation
• General reading from reading list
• Preparation for written examination

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to explore issues introduced within lectures during seminar sessions. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and gain formative feedback directly from a tutor.
Tutors will facilitate practical sessions such as critical appraisal of evidence and literature searching giving students’ direct feedback.

Example MCQ similar to those used in the summative assessment

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
Essay or DissertationSample exam questions made available0.00
Oral PresentationGiven during seminar sessions0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

The students will be required to make a presentation during the seminars and formative feedback on the student will be given. MCQ will be of the type used in the summative assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:21:04


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