OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Provides an overview of sociological concepts and perspectives on health and illness, whilst focusing primarily on Australian society. Examines the causes, nature and outcomes of key health inequalities as well as the main attempts to rectify them. The social, cultural and political consequences of health inequalities are illuminated.

Unit content

1.   Sociological approaches to the study of health and illness.
2a. The social distribution of health and illness in Australian society; Class and workplace health
2b. The social distribution of health and illness in Australian society; Gender, Indigenous health and ethnicity
3a. The social organisation of health care; Rural health and medical dominance
3b. The social organisation of health care; Nursing and alternative medicine
4.   The Australian health care system.
5.   The social context of mental health and disability
6.   Health promotion and illness prevention.
7a. Health, politics and social change
7b. Health, politics and social change; The role of media

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Germov, J (ed.), 2018, Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology, 6th edn, Oxford University Press Australia, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780190306489.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (before each assessment )
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: take home55%

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