Examination of health and wellbeing from a societal perspective, linking individual experiences to social structure and uncovering health inequalities across the lifecourse.
Health and wellbeing are integral to society. They represent an essential aspect
of everyday life that is often taken for granted until something goes wrong, making
this an ideal topic to be uncovered by sociological theory and research. This paper
takes a society-level approach to health and wellbeing by examining conceptualisations
of health, health inequalities, and health and wellbeing across the lifecourse. It
discusses the health-related implications of current topics such as social media and
Big Data. Students of all majors are invited to take this paper. The course is internally-assessed,
and for the assessment students will choose a health issue as the focus of a report
that will use official statistics and other data to uncover patterns in New Zealand
|Paper title||Special Topic: Sociology of Health|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- (SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
Students of all majors are invited to take this paper.
- More information link
- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two-hour on-campus lecture and one-hour tutorial per week.
Kevin Dew & Allison Kirkman (2002). Sociology of health in New Zealand. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press.
Adademic articles will be available through the Library's e-Reserve.
Government reports are available online.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
1. Relate health to sociological theory and knowledge.
2. Compare health across social groups.
3. Demonstrate understanding of health sociology through written and oral communication.