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2014 HGA138 Society, Culture and Health

Unit Level: Introductory

Available as a Student Elective: No

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Restricted to Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Paramedic Practice students.


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
HGA138 H,L,R,V

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Sem 2 H On Campus 14-JUL-2014 10-AUG-2014 01-SEP-2014 17-OCT-2014
Sem 2 L On Campus 14-JUL-2014 10-AUG-2014 01-SEP-2014 17-OCT-2014
Sem 2 R On Campus 14-JUL-2014 10-AUG-2014 01-SEP-2014 17-OCT-2014
Sem 2 V On Campus 14-JUL-2014 10-AUG-2014 01-SEP-2014 17-OCT-2014

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2014 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2014 will be available from the 1st October 2013.

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This unit examines the ways in which socio-cultural factors and power relations in Australia affect experiences of health and illness. Following an introduction to the sociology of health and illness, the subject is divided into four modules: (1) 'Ideas about health and illness' explores different approaches to health in the Australian context; (2) 'Social structure and health examines the intersections between social structures and health experiences by examining: ethnic and indigenous health issues, the relationship between social class and health, and gender and health; (3) 'Experiencing health and illness' applies a sociological approach to understanding issues and contemporary debates about health and illness with a particular focus on chronic illness; and (4) 'Working in health' explores health care systems, the health workforce and complementary and alternative medicine.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


Online Quizzes (20%); 1500 word essay (40%); 2 hour exam (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 hour lecture and 1 tutorial weekly

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web dependent - L,V,H,R
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
About Flexible Study Options

M.Excl HGA101, HGA102, HGA135, HGE138, HGA239/339

Launceston Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 2)
Hobart Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 2)

STAFF: TBC (Ltn); Ms K McLeod (Sydney); Dr E Hansen (Hbt)

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