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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Health and Society
    Subject Sociology
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (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: Associate Professor Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott

    Paper Structure

    100% internally assessed.

    Teaching Arrangements

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


    Academic articles will be available through the Library's e-Reserve.

    Government reports are available online.

    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


    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
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
    T2 Thursday 09:00-09:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
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