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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC1397 Health and Society

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Lisa Matera

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

On this module we will examine together what health is, and how health issues have been debated. This will involve looking at different disciplinary approaches and perspectives and thinking about different key issues such as:- whose responsibility ‘health' is- the ways health is historically, cultural and socially constructed- how ‘health and wellbeing' are determined- health inequalities and how they can be addressed- what public health is and what information health policies and health promotion campaigns are based on- health psychology models- the ways mental health and disability are discussed and represented


This module builds on the Exploring Diversity module (semester 1) by continuing to introduce students to the different discipline areas and their methodologies. It will further develop their confidence around study skills, including the use of technology.

This will be done through focusing on the topic of health and well-being. The aim of this module is to enable students to understand how issues of health and well-being are approached from the perspective of different disciplines and why.

It will promote critical engagement with the literature devoted to the different disciplines and will seek to encourage students to reflect upon individual, community, societal and global aspects.

At the end of the first year students will have a good understanding of how to approach topics. relevant to their everyday lives, from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss key theories related to health studies
2. Apply theoretical insights relating to health studies to an analysis of health responsibility
3. Evaluate and reflect upon theories of health promotion and behaviour change
4. Design and create a poster using Microsoft Office
5. Conduct independent research about a contemporary health issue

Skills outcomes
Being digital: As part of this module students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook


- An overview of the interdisciplinary nature of the concept of health and wellbeing
- Cultural, sociological, political scientific and philosophical perspectives
- Social construction of health
- Health and responsibility
- Role of politics, governments and the economy relating to the promotion of health, well-being and the public good
- Ethical issues and dilemmas
- Inequalities
The module will use specific examples to illustrate the concept of health and well-being

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours116.50
Total Contact hours33.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to prepare for workshops and seminars using a range of materials provided. Guidance will be given with these tasks. For each assessment students will conduct independent research using the reading list and sourcing their own materials.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to submit a draft of each assignment beforehand. Students may attend tutorials for one to one guidance on their assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words40.00
Written WorkPoster with notes (2,500 word equivalent).60.00
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: 29/04/2024 16:16:09


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