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HL10501: Introduction to the social study of health

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce socio-cultural concepts and debates in health.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Apply socio-cultural concepts to develop an understanding of the complexity of health and its contested nature
* Understand the purpose and practice of public health promotion
* Demonstrate an ability to appraise knowledge on the impact of socio-cultural influences on health
* Identify and evaluate health inequalities
* Understand the diversity of values and experience in respect of health
* Understand how the human body, health care technologies and health care settings are conceptualized, represented and/or studied by humanists, social and biomedical scientists and health professionals
* Be able to frame pertinent issues about the relationships among key stakeholders in health.

Knowledge and understanding (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Analysis of research (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Independent work (facilitated and assessed)
Written communication (facilitated and assessed)
Oral communication (facilitated)
Problem exploration, comparison of options, justification of complex problem solving (taught and facilitated)
Read and synthesise information (facilitated and assessed)
Integrated, cross-disciplinary understanding (facilitated and assessed)
Information Technology (facilitated).

An introduction to key socio-cultural concepts and debates relating to health, wellbeing, illness and the body, including:
Health discourses: including an introduction to the concept of discourse.
What is Health?: The social construction of health knowledge and the medicalisation and biomedicalisation of health; Normalisation of bodies and the construction of differences; Healthism and Neoliberal contexts and the commodification of health and illness; and Alternative theories of health (Salutogenic approaches to health).
Health in practice: Health practices, spaces and social inequalities; Health, risk and the body; Disciplinary functions and surveillance; diverse health values and experiences.
Mental health: Mind/Body relations in health and mental health; the social relations between physical and mental health.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL10501 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AFM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)