Postgraduate Course: Sociology of Health and Illness (GMED11016)
|Deanery of Clinical Sciences
|College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Available to all students
|This course introduces sociological perspectives on health, illness, particularly non communicable diseases and their trajectories, and the practice of public health. Key themes include the social patterning health and illness, risk, surveillance and health, lay and expert knowledge, constructions of health and illness, the media and health, and new technologies and health.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
| Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
| At the completion of this course, the candidate should be able to:
Understand illness from sociological perspectives and be able to evaluate the strengths and weakness of different theories.
Have an understanding of the key concepts and approaches in public health from a critical sociological perspective, developing their awareness of issues regarding the production and distribution of power and knowledge.
Gain a greater understanding of the links between individual experiences of health and illness with cultural social forces, group dynamics, and the social construction of normality.
Apply these theories to a range of different cultural contexts, and become cognisant of the impact of faith and belief systems on understandings of well-being, health seeking behaviour and management and care of illness.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment WebCT as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
|The course will be delivered online in WebCT
|Dr Liz Grant
|Dr Liz Grant