SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1L312240
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces students to sociology and to the sociology of health by critically exploring and examining the relationship between society and health, illness and the experience and practice of health care.


What is Sociology? What is Society? What is Health?An introduction to the subject of Sociology and an examination of the way in which an examination of social relationships and social phenomena can aid our understanding of the expectations and behaviour related to health and illnessSocial Inequality, Social Class, Gender Ethnicity and HealthConsiders the importance of social class to an understanding of the relationship between society and health, and an examination of class inequalities in society and changes affecting the class structure of society and an exploration and evaluation of the patterns of and explanations for class inequalities in health. It also considers the importance of gender, `race? and ethnicity to experiences of health and the contribution of social and economic factors to those patterns of inequality.Ageing, Dependency, Family and HealthAn examination of the stigma attached to ageing, its manifestation and reproduction. An examination of the changes occurring within the structure of the family, and to the gender roles within the family. An exploration the effect and implication of demographic changes on families and informal health care.Patient and Practitioner RelationshipsAn Exploration and examination of the importance of social factors involved in the perceptions of health and illness of both patient and practitioner and the power relationships, which exist between the medical profession and society.Health Policy and OrganisationThe development and implementation of current policy and practice relating to Health and Health care.An exploration of the implication of that policy and practice for current patterns of health and the experiences of health professionals.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this programme of study the student should be able to demonstrate: an awareness of the relationship between health and wider society, an awareness of the inequalities in health in Society in relation to social class, gender and Ethnicity; an ability to identify the main sociological debates and explanations concerning health and the delivery and experience of health care in relation to Nursing and other areas of health care and practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching includes a core series of lectures, seminars involving workshops and group discussion and separate group tutorials. A strong emphasis will be placed on reading and much expected of students in relation to directed and independent preparation for seminar work. This approach allows students to examine particular areas of study in detail whilst receiving support and guidance from tutors.

Indicative Reading

Abbott, P. & Wallace, C. (1997) 2nd edition. An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives. London: Routledge.Ahmad, W. (1995) `Review Article: Race and Ethnicity?, Sociology of Health and Illness Volume 17, Number 3 pp. 418-29.Allsop, J. (1995) 2nd edition Health Policy and The NHS Towards 2000 London: Longman.Blane, D, Brunner, E. and Wilkinson, R. (1996) Health and Social Organization: Towards a Health Policy For The 21st Century London: Routledge.Bytheway, B. (1995) Ageism. OU Press.Jones, L ( 1994) The Social Context of Health and Health Work. Macmillan.Joseph, M. (1994) Sociology for Nursing and Health Care. Polity Press.HelmNazroo, J. (1997) The Health of Britain?s Ethnic Minorities London: Grantham Books.Oakley, A. (1993) Essays on Women, Medicine and Health Edinburgh University Press.Robson, W. and Le Grand, J. (eds.) (1994) Evaluating The NHS Reforms London: Kings Fund Institute.Symonds, A. and Hunt, S. (1996) The Midwife and Society. Macmillan.Wilkinson, R. (1996) Unhealthy Societies. Routledge.

Transferrable Skills

This module provides the student with practice and guidance in the development of both written and verbal communication skills. It also helps students develop a critical approach to the professional practice of themselves and others.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 130.00
Assessment (FT) 14.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 40.00 40% Essay: 1500-2000 words
Coursework 0.00 40.00 40% Essay: 1500-2000 words
Coursework 0.00 20.00 40% Seminar Presentation