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HSH207 - Socio-Economic Status and 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), CBD*, Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:HSH106
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Elyse Warner




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 and learning experiences via CloudDeakin

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

This unit is part of the Family, Society and Health major sequence in H300 Bachelor of Health Sciences (unit set code MJ-H000002)


One of the critical determinants of health in society is socioeconomic status (SES). This unit will explore the link between SES and health from individual and population perspectives. It will explore the way social processes interact with health and consider the latest research on the social gradient. Issues such as gender, poverty and affluence, social exclusion, inequalities in health, and inequity will be considered against issues across the life course (access and expectation) as well as the role of education and information. The role of political and social institutions (including the household) in creating supportive environments will be considered.


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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Examine the links between socio-economic status and health and wellbeing locally, nationally and internationally, with reference to current research literature.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically analyse the role of socio-economic factors in influencing both individual and population health.

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


Use theoretical frameworks to develop strategies to address socio-economic inequalities/inequities in health.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Communicate the relationship between socio-economic status and health using academic specific language.

GLO2: Communication


Source and synthesise academic literature within the context of socioeconomic status and health.

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate how to collaborate, develop and transmit knowledge and ideas with others to explore the links between socio-economic status and health.

GLO7: Teamwork


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Case study questions 1,600 words 40%
  • Week 5
Assessment 2: Report  1,600 words 40% 
  • Week 8
Assessment 3: Group presentation  15 minutes 20%
  • Weeks 6, 10-11

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: HSH207 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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