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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3085: Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  1. Ideas of Health and Illness
  2. Experiences of Illness
  3. Biomedicine and its Objects
  4. Medicalization
  5. Healthcare and the Market
  6. Mental Health
  7. Inequality and Structural Violence
  8. ‘Women’s Health’ and the Politics of Reproduction
  9. Longevity and the End of Life
  10. Culture, Healthcare, and Medical Pluralism
  11. CareĀ 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning activity 22 hours11 x 2 hour weekly lectures/seminars (or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar)
Guided independent study40 hours11 course readings
Guided independent study40 hoursReading/research for essay
Guided independent study8 hoursCritique preparation
Guided independent study40 hoursReading/revisions for exam

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

Journals: Social Science and Medicine, Medical Anthropology, Sociology of Health and Illness, Health