ASC206 - Sociology of Health

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Kiran Pienaar
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

ASC209, ASC236, ASC306, ASC309, ASC336

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

This unit involves an exploration of health across multiple dimensions. It examines the social forces that shape health and well-being, the assumptions underpinning health policy and practice, and their implications for public health. The unit includes a focus on the social patterns of health and illness, which involves describing and explaining the differences between major social groups. The unit also addresses social groups in healthcare, focussing on the development and current roles of several major occupational groups in the healthcare system. Social issues in healthcare, which provides a sociological perspective on a range of pressing health issues, is also a focus of this unit

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Apply the sociological imagination to understanding of health and illness

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Demonstrate up-to-date, coherent basic knowledge of the sociology of health and illness

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO3

Appreciate the broader social factors that contribute to health outcomes and healthcare delivery

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO4

Demonstrate an ability for critical thinking and analysis in understanding health and illness

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO5

Use information technology skills to collect relevant information

GLO3: Digital literacy

ULO6

Demonstrate a high standard of oral and written communication about health

GLO2: Communication

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Online Exercises 800 words
or equivalent
20% Weeks 5 and 10
Assessment 2 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Test 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ASC206
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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