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Healthy Lifestyles (SOC313)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Offering an introduction to the sociology of health, medicine and body. It invites students to look beyond physical aspects of health and examine the way treatment and experience of illness is sociologically shaped and determined. How certain conditions (like alcoholism) come to be labelled diseases? Why some treatments regarded as legitimate by health authorities while other 'alternative therapies' are not? Why abortion and stem cell research is so controversial? What are likely the big health issues facing society in the next century?
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Critically assess and discuss health using a variety of sociological concepts and theories
2. Improve your ability to understand the theoretical and empirical literature related to the social analysis of health
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar: 2.5hrs
Unit Learning Experiences The unit involves a weekly seminar, which includes a lecture on sociological theories related to youth, a video screening and group discussion. External students will have the opportunity to listen to lectures and watch videos online and discuss with fellow students in the online discussion forum on LMS.
Assessment Assessment will consist of an online quiz (20%), an essay (30%), contribution to discussions (20%) and an end of semester exam (30%). The assessment is aimed at testing students' knowledge of the unit content and their ability to apply sociological concepts to the understanding of health.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed SOC213 Health and Society cannot enrol for credit in this unit.
Notes It is highly recommended to have completed S134/SOC134 Introduction to Sociology prior to enrolling in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Sociology (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Sociology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Jeremy Northcote

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2063
e: J.Northcote@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.047 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Jeremy Northcote

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2063
e: J.Northcote@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.047 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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