Sociology of Health and Illness (SCLG2603)


Students will be introduced to both past and current sociological perspectives of health and illness, including Parsonian, Marxist, Weberian, Feminist and Postmodern approaches. We will examine topics such as the social, unequal, structuring of illness; the construction of medical 'facts'; professional, corporate and state control over health care systems; medical controversies; iatrogenic illness; and medical technology.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1000wd research essay (25%) and 2000wd research essay (40%) and 1500wd equivalent group project (35%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Sociology



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