SOC40310 Health, Illness and Society

Academic Year 2021/2022

Course content: This module introduces medical sociology and seeks to explore sociological factors which impinge on health status, health chances and health care. It will look at concepts of health and illness, the social cponttext of health and illness as well as changing patterns of health and illness, and the social organisation of both formal and informal health care. Theoretical issues addressed will include a critical analysis of formal Western medical approaches to health and health care. These theories will be applied to a number of substantive areas.Indicative content: Historical, sociological and cross-cultural concepts of health and illness. The relationship between health cultural beliefs and practices. Lay and professional interpretations of health and illness in contemporary society. Problems in measuring health and illness. The social character of health and illness. The relationship between health beliefs and health behaviour. Disability, labelling and social stigma. Death dying and bereavement. The professionalisation of treatment and care. Interactions between health consumers and health professionals. Changing patterns of morbidity and mortality in the western and developing worlds.For further details of the module outline please see: www.ucd.ie/sociology

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Objectives: By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the problems of conceptualising health and illness and the implications of such problems, show an appreciation of key theoretical approaches within sociology to the study of health, illness and health care, understand the relationship between states of health and social forces, appreciate the relationship between professional, health, disease and society and compare and contrast historical, sociological and anthropological perspectives of health and illness.

Indicative Module Content:

Historical, sociological and cross-cultural concepts of health and illness. The relationship between health, cultural beliefs and practices; Lay and professional interpretations of health and illness in contemporary society; Problems in measuring health and illness; The social character of health and illness; The relationship between health beliefs and health behaviour; disability, labeling and social stigma; Death dying and bereavement; The professionalisation of treatment and care; Interactions between health consumers and health professionals; Changing patterns of morbidity and mortality in the western and developing worlds. Formal and informal medicine. Social sciences and pandemics research

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning

202

Lectures

24

Online Learning

24

Total

250

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, seminars, group discussion, peer reviews, student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: presentation and summary
Essay
Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

100


Carry forward of passed components
Not yet recorded
 

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Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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