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Undergraduate Course: Identity and Experience in Health (SHSS08002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a compulsory 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. It will enable students to develop initial understanding and critical thinking in the study of health and society.

Course description 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 school (Clinical Psychology, Nursing Studies, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences) offer accounts of their experiences of working with people living with key health issues (e.g. chronic illness, 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: patients as partners; empowerment and person-centred care.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  92
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two essays -

Essay 1 (40%)
Essay 2 (60%)
Feedback Formative feedback will be given on a 700 word essay.

Summative feedback will be given via Learn on the essays as detailed above.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand core concepts from within interdisciplinary studies of illness experience, with some detailed knowledge of at least two core concepts
  2. Develop a broad understanding of the contemporary issues and challenges involved the provision of 'person-centred' health and social care in the 21st century
  3. Apply core concepts in order to understand the nature of lived experience of health, illness and selfhood
  4. Identify avenues for addressing contemporary issues and challenges in 21st century health and social care
  5. Reflect upon personal experience of health and illness, and upon the influence such experiences may have in shaping perceptions of contemporary health issues
Reading List
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;
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Marion Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 3966
Course secretaryMiss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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