Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Prof. Alan Petersen (Caulfield)


Previously coded SCY2050


Sociology of Health and Medicine will examine social aspects of health and medicine and implications for research and practice. The unit features: health inequalities; illness narratives; professional knowledge and power; risk assessment and management; public health and health promotion; HIV/AIDS and sexual health; new genetic and reproductive technologies; the media and the internet. The unit will be of interest to any student wanting to engage with social perspectives on health and medicine.


All students completing this unit will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe key perspectives in social inquiry applied to health and medicine in contemporary society
  2. Discuss the social aspects of health and medicine and implications for individuals and communities
  3. Apply critical arguments to current problems, debates and controversies in health and medical care
  4. Identify implications for public health policy and interventions.

In addition, students taking the unit at level three will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the contribution of theoretical and research perspectives regarding the social aspects of health and medicine
  2. Identify implications for social inquiry regarding health and medicine.


Essay(2500 words): 50% + Research articles review (1000 words): 25%
Class test: 25% (1 hours)

Chief examiner(s)

Prof. Alan Petersen (Caulfield)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

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