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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Alan Petersen


This unit focuses on sociological theorising about the body and contemporary issues in health sociology. It covers the big human issues of birth, sex, reproduction and death and the important social divisions of class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality. We will discuss embodiment and change, how health inequalities are socially produced and distributed and power relations in the current health care system.


By the completion of the unit the student should be able to:

  1. articulate a sound understanding of the sociological imagination or perspective;
  2. analyse complex health issues using a sociological perspective;
  3. articulate how our bodies are socially constructed;
  4. discuss the operation of medical dominance within the health system;
  5. demonstrate skills in synthesizing information and presenting an argument within class and in a report format.


Written work: 50% (2500 words)
Class test: 40% (2 hours)
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

1 one hour lecture and 1 one-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission