Unit aim

Examines the meaning of narrative and the health consumer’s narrative through sociological analysis linked to historical, cultural, social, structural and individual constructs.  How these constructs influence narratives and meaning of health, illness and disease are explored. The consumer narrative across the lifespan is explored with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.

Unit content

  • The social construction of health and illness: historical, cultural, structural and individual factors, the social determinants of health, gender and social class, the social model of health
  • The construction and meaning of narratives related to health, illness and disease; the health consumer’s narrative
  • Culture, ethnicity, health and illness
  • Cultural awareness and competence
  • Indigenous health and illness: The effect of colonization on the health outcomes of Indigenous Australians
  • Narratives of mental health
  • Narratives of gendered health
  • Ageing and ageism, health and illness
  • Attitudes to terminal illness, dying and death
  • Health perception, stress and coping
  • Acute and chronic illness
  • Skills of conducting a narrative
  • Narratives in Living Libraries
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, cultural identity, beliefs and values with a particular focus on the burden of disease

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Germov, J, 2014, Second Opinion: an introduction to health sociology, 5th edn, Oxford Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780195520149.
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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Presentation30%
Quizzes (2)20%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Presentation30%
Quizzes (2)20%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Presentation30%
Quizzes (2)20%
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