SOCL19070 - Health and Medical Sociology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Employing the concepts and theories of contemporary social theorists, this unit analyses the medical model of health - both historically and comparatively. Topics covered include the reasons for the expansion of western medicine or medicalisation of society, the body and mind distinction in medical science - its consequences for health, the professionalisation of medicine, and the political economy of medicine.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Student to have completed 36 credit points.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Course Evaluation
Feedback
Additional sociological readings with the course textbook to help students better understand the sociological perspective.
Recommendation
Additional sociological resources will be provided to help students, especially those who are new to sociology.
Action Taken
Introductory level Sociology resources were made available to students to support those students new to sociology. Additional resources (youtube videos, documentaries, etc.) were used to help students develop their sociological thinking and understanding of key concepts.
Source: Course Evaluation
Feedback
The course study guide covering the 12 weeks of the course is a valuable resource.
Recommendation
The study guide will be retained and updated to assist students with their learning and sourcing of additional resources.
Action Taken
Resources were updated and provided to students on a weekly basis to support the learning of the topic material and preparation for the assessments.
Source: Course Evaluation
Feedback
Shorter lectures.
Recommendation
The lectures will be revised to reduce the length.
Action Taken
Lectures were revised and re-recorded with an effort to reduce the length of the recording.
Source: Email
Feedback
Collaborate session helpful when preparing for the assessments.
Recommendation
Blackboard Collaborate and online chat sessions will continue to be offered to students.
Action Taken
Zoom tutorial sessions replaced the Blackboard collaborate software, These online one hour tutorials were offered weekly, but were poorly attended and as a result some sessions were not conducted due to this. Students were encouraged to email questions to the unit coordinator prior to the tutorial sessions if they were unable to attend but had questions. Some prior preparation (reading the set weekly readings and thinking about posed tutorial questions was required by students in order to fully engage in the tutorial discussions).
Source: Student unit evaluation moodle site
Feedback
Prefer smaller quizzes scheduled throughout the teaching term.
Recommendation
Review the timing and type of the unit assessment items to support students' learning and engagement with the unit resources.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student emails sent to the unit coordinator at the end of the unit. Student unit evaluation moodle site.
Feedback
Unit enjoyable and challenges students. The unit content was found to be relevant to students' degree and supported a variety of learning styles.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will continue to support students in their studies and create spaces for discussion and debate on the topics and issues covered during the term
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit evaluation moodle site
Feedback
Portfolio assessment, supporting readings and videos helped with learning the content. A lot of resources offered and teacher supportive.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will continue to offer key resources to support student learning, and to regularly update readings and other learning materials.Additional introductory sociology resources will be made available to students who are taking a sociology unit for the first time.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit evaluation moodle site
Feedback
Prefer interactive lectures not pre-recorded.
Recommendation
More interactive online tutorial sessions that will build on the lectures through the use of a study guide and tutorial activities (individual and group tasks).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit evaluation moodle site
Feedback
Devise an assessment to cover student participation to increase student engagement in the discussion forums and online tutorials.
Recommendation
Action to improve student engagement with the unit material and other students in the unit will be undertaken through online tutorial sessions and weekly discussion forums with material linked to the assessments. Strategies to promote learning communities within the unit and interaction between students for online peer learning will be focused on.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. understand and articulate explanations of the medicalisation of society
  2. describe the consequences for health of medical dominance
  3. explain the sociological meanings of body, health and illness.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment