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SOCI209 Health and Society

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An examination of health and wellbeing from a sociological perspective, linking individual experiences to social structure and uncovering health inequalities across the lifecourse.

Health is an essential part of society. This paper takes a sociological approach to health and wellbeing by examining social models of health and health inequalities, as well as the health-related implications of current issues such as social media and housing. 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 uncover patterns in New Zealand society.

Paper title Health and Society
Paper code SOCI209
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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(SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited with SOCI204 taken in 2019 or 2020.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott

Paper Structure

100% internally assessed.

Teaching Arrangements

Two-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial per week.


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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply sociological theory and knowledge to health and health systems.
  • Compare aspects of health across social groups.
  • Demonstrate understanding of health sociology through written and oral communication.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15-22