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HSH113 - Social Perspectives on Population Health

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N Foster (B)


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This unit takes a sociological perspective to the examination of health issues and their determinants. It begins with an introduction to the sociological imagination and key theories and concepts relevant to health sociology. Students then move on to examine individual, community and societal experiences of health and illness, including the role of the health system, social policy, and institutions.


Task 1: reflective essay (1000 words) 25%, task 2: media analysis (1400 words) 35%, task 3: theoretical essay (1600 words) 40%

Prescribed texts

Germov, J. (2005) Second opinion: An introduction to health sociology. (3rd edn). South Melbourne, Oxford University Press.

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