Undergraduate Course: Identity and Experience in Health (SHSS08002)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is a core first year (second semester) course on the Health, Science and Society degree programme. It complements the first semester course, Mapping Health and Illness across Societies by exploring key concepts in identity and experience in respect of questions of health, illness and impairment, and relating these to societal responses, including debates about discrimination, citizenship and collective action. It will enable students to develop initial understanding and critical thinking in the study of health and society which will be essential to progression through this degree programme.
The course is divided into three parts:
The self, identity, health and society
Core concepts within interdisciplinary approaches to health identities will be explored; including biographical disruption, stigma, disability, and the self.
Experiences of health, illness and impairment in society
A series of 3 case studies will be presented in which staff from across the 4 subject areas (clinical psychology, ISSH, Nursing, Counselling & Psychotherapy) offer accounts of their experiences of working with people living with key health issues (e.g. substance misuse, dementia, depression).
Organisational and societal responses
An outline of contemporary responses to the perceived challenges of providing health and social care in a globalised and growing population. Issues covered include: the media and moral panic; seeing the person; patients as partners; and working with emotion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| It is recommended that semester 1 course Mapping Health and Illness Across Societies is completed prior to entry to this course
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment will be embedded within the course, as follows:
Formative assessment: A 700-800 word essay exploring two of the core concepts covered in Part 1. Tutor comments will feed-forward to students' summative assignments (below). Students will receive feedback within 2 weeks following timely submission, so as to enable students to prepare for their summative assessments.
Summative (40%): A 1,200 - 1,500 word Insights Paper, based on the case studies presented in Part 2. Students can chose to write about one or two of the case studies (presented in weeks 5-8) and will be asked to apply one or more core concepts explored in Part 1 of the course (e.g. selfhood, biographical disruption) to the lived experience of illnesses.
Summative (60%): A 1,700-2,000 word essay. At week 11, students will be presented with a short piece of published writing giving an account of personal illness experience. Students will be asked to explore the experience of illness as presented, and link aspects of it to relevant core concepts and organisational responses, drawing on material covered throughout the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand core concepts from within interdisciplinary studies of illness experience, with some detailed knowledge of at least two core concepts
- Develop a broad understanding of the contemporary issues and challenges involved the provision of ¿person-centred¿ health and social care in the 21st century
- Apply core concepts in order to understand the nature of lived experience of health, illness and selfhood
- Identify avenues for addressing contemporary issues and challenges in 21st century health and social care
- Reflect upon personal experience of health and illness, and upon the influence such experiences may have in shaping perceptions of contemporary health issues
|Blaxter, M. (2010) Health. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity Press.|
Gabe, J. and Monaghan, F. (2013) Key Concepts in Medical Sociology. 2nd ed. London: Sage Publications.
Goffman, E. (1968) Stigma: notes on the management of spoiled identity. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.
Helman, C. (2007) Culture, Health and Illness (5th Edition) New York: Oxford University Press.
Nettleton, S. (2013) The Sociology of Health & Illness. 3rd Edition. Cambridge: Polity Press
Nettleton, S. And Gustafsson, U. (2002) The Sociology of Health and Illness Reader. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Swain, J. French, S. Barnes, C. and Thomas, C. (eds) (2014) Disabling Barriers ¿ Enabling Environments. Third Edition. London: Sage.
Thomas, C. (2007) Sociologies of Disability and Illness: contested ideas in disability studies and medical sociology. London: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Journal articles from relevant journals e.g. Health; Sociology of Health and Illness; Social Science & Medicine; Disability and Society; Social Theory and Health;
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Marion Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 3966
|Course secretary||Miss Kirsty Gardner
Tel: (0131 6)50 3889
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