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HSH113 - Social Perspectives on Population Health


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Natalie Hakman




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour seminar per week and learning experiences via CloudDeakin

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x weekly scheduled online seminars (recordings provided). Students must give oral presentation during live blackboard collaborate session at a scheduled time during weeks 7-9.


This unit takes a sociological perspective to the examination of health issues and their determinants. It focuses on the development of knowledge regarding social theory and its applicability to health and wellbeing at an individual, community and population level.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Discuss, explain, apply and critique social and sociological theories relevant to population health.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify ways in which societies and societal bodies can influence and improve population health.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Communicate social theories to understand and analyse health and wellbeing issues using academic discipline specific language.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication


Source and synthesise digital and non-digital academic literature within the field of health sociology.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: 3 short answer questions  1,200 words in total 30%
  • Week 4
Assessment 2: Presentation    20%
  • Weeks 8
Assessment 3: Written assessment  2,000 words 50%
  • Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: HSH113 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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