School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

Introduction to Sociology of HealthWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 400164.2

Discipline: SOCIOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
E2231 - Social Dimensions of Health & Illness, 25006 - Introduction to Sociology of Health, 101336 - Introduction to Sociology

Incompatible Units
400781 - Dynamics of Health

About this Unit
The aim of this unit is to offer students new understandings of people in their relations with each other in complex social and cultural contexts. The unit uses health and illness as the prism through which such understandings can be gleaned. The unit introduces students to sociological perspectives and it applies sociological ways of thinking to questions of health, illness and disability. Students will study the influence of culture and social institutions, and of social determinants such as class (socio-economic status), gender, race/ethnicity in shaping social relations and in the production of differing patterns of health and illness. The ‘body’ as a social and cultural construct, as well as a physical entity, will be explored, as will models of health and health care.

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