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HSC1041 - Health sociology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Belinda Crockett


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


The unit begins with an introduction to theoretical perspectives and trends in sociology. Students reflect on current health issues from a sociological viewpoint and explore how the social world relates to health. A range of theoretical perspectives on individual health and the social organization of health are introduced. A specific focus is an exploration of the social meanings attached to illness and cultural narratives of illness or "lay" perceptions of health. Philosophies of health promotion and the politics of health are also introduced. Themes include the lived experience of disability, ageing and mental health within the social context and the relevance of gender on health outcomes.


By the completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. apply the principles of sociological theory to the lived experience of the individual and the social organization of health;
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of the themes associated with the sociological imagination;
  3. apply an awareness of diversity and difference to the study of a range of population cohorts;
  4. demonstrate understanding, respect and support for the roles of other professionals involved in health and social care;
  5. describe the sociology of health care as it relates to people who have experienced a major disruption to their own health; and
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the politics of health.


Individual journal: 25%
Social Profile: 35%
Theoretical essay: 40%

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial/workshop per week