Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Narelle Warren


This unit examines the social and cultural dimensions of medicine and health care. Drawing on medical sociology and related perspectives the unit features: medicine in historical perspective; biopolitics and the medicalization debate; health inequalities; illness experience; professional knowledge and power; risk assessment and management; public health and health promotion; and digital health. The unit will be of interest to any student wanting to engage with social perspectives on medical and health care.


All students completing this unit will be able to:

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


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


ATS2717, HSC2022, AZA2717, AZA3717