ASC206 - Sociology of Health

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

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

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

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


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


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

Apply the sociological imagination to understanding of health and illness

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking


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

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


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


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

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Use information technology skills to collect relevant information

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate a high standard of oral and written communication about health

GLO2: Communication


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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