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Postgraduate Course: Sociology of Health and Illness (PUHR11026)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces sociological perspectives on health, illness and the practice of public health. Key themes include the social construction of health and illness; social patterning health and illness, lay and expert knowledge, lay and expert relations.
Course description Each session will comprise a combination of lecture, seminar and discussion including some student led work. Each student will be required to present a short seminar paper; this will form part of the overall assessment. The sociology of health and illness is a sub-discipline within sociology, with a range of theoretical perspectives and concepts; it is also a strongly empirical discipline.

Sociology is one of the core disciplines within Public Health. This module introduces students to the field and aims to support the student towards in-depth understanding of topics of particular interest to them.
Other than in the first session which will be an overall introduction to the module, students will be expected to prepare for each week through their own reading from the supplied reading lists in preparation for seminar based discussions. Specified reading is indicative rather than definitive and students may wish to seek out their own reading.
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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 178 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Seminar presentation and handout (20%) and one assignment of 2,500 words (80%).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will develop an understanding of different sociological perspectives and be able to evaluate the strengths and weakness of different theories.
  2. They will learn to examine 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.
  3. They will learn to link individual experiences of health and illness with social forces, group dynamics, and the social construction of normality.
Reading List

Nettleton S (2013) The Sociology of Health and Illness. Third Edition. Cambridge: Polity.

Lupton D (1995) The Imperative of Health: public health and the regulated body London: Sage.

Petersen A & Lupton D (1997) The New Public Health: health and self in the age of risk. London: Sage
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Keywordssociology,public health
Course organiserMr Eric Carlin
Course secretaryMr Stuart Mallen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3227
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