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SOCI209 Health and Society

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 Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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: 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.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system