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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Marginalisation and Health
Module Code NS142
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marcia Kirwan
Semester 2: Marcia Kirwan
Autumn: Marcia Kirwan
Module TeachersMarcia Kirwan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module students will develop their understanding of the processes of marginalisation, associated inequalities in health and how communities respond to these processes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the social and political processes of marginalisation.
2. Analyse the links between maginalisation and health inequalities.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how communities challenge marginalisation.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The social and political processes of marginalisation.
Inequalities, injustice, exclusion, diversity, capabilities.

Marginalisation and health inequalities.

Challenging marginalisation.
Empowerment, collective action, resistance, activism.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentVolunteering experience, reflections, groupwork100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • edited by Barry L. Levy and Victor W. Sidel: 2006, Social injustice and public health, ebook (via DCU library), Oxford University Press, New York, 0195171853
  • Amartya Sen: 1992, Inequality reexamined, ebook (via DCU library), 9780198283348
  • Hilary Graham,: 2009, Understanding Health Inequalities, 2nd ebook (via DCU library), 0335234593
  • Ruger, Jennifer Prah: 2009, Health and social justice, eBook, Chapter 7: An alternative account- the health capability paradigm, 9780191571305
  • edited by Johannes Siegrist and Michael Marmot: 2006, Social inequalities in health, ebook (via DCU library), 0198568169
  • Martha Nussbaum: 2000, Women and human development, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 0521660866
  • edited by Richard G. Wilkinson and Michael Marmot: 2006, Social determinants of health, ebook (via DCU library), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 0198565895
  • Martha C. Nussbaum,: 2011, Creating Capabilities, 0674050541
  • edited by David A. Leon and Gill Walt: 2000, Poverty, inequality, and health, ebook, 0192631969
  • Malcolm Dean (Editor), Paul Cann (Editor): 2009, Unequal Ageing, ebook (via DCU library), 1847424112
  • Cecilia L Ridgeway: 2011, Framed by gender: how gender inequality persists in the modern world, 9780199894925
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BHSBachelor of Science in Health & Society
Date of Last Revision07-FEB-12

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