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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2004 - 2005

Module Title Introduction to Sociology of Health & Illness
Module Code NS113
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To introduce the sociological concepts and theories influencing society and evaluate how this influences nursing care.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module and following a period of personal study the student will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of sociology in the study of health & illness. Describe the major theories, concepts and theoretical approaches in sociology. Demonstrate an understanding of the socialisation processes in nursing. Identify theoretical approaches to sociological analysis of health & illness which are appropriate to nursing care in Ireland. Outline how family,religion,culture,sexuality,gender and the media influence our concepts of health & illness in a changing Ireland.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 30
Tutorials 6
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 39

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Socialisation process - socialisation process of nursing Socialisation process of people in care. Labelling and stigma. Social Class. Social Institutions - Family. Education. Religion. Inequality. Culture. Ethnicity. Institutionalisation. Concepts of disease,dsyfunction,disability and Illness. Media. Gender. Sexuality.
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Indicative Reading List
Essential: Barry, A. & Yuill, C (2002) Understanding Health: A Sociological Introduction SAGE White, K (2002) An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness SAGE Supplementary: Birchenall M & Birchenall P (eds.) (1998) Sociology as applied to nursing and health care Bailliere Tindall Cleary A & Treacy M P (1997) The sociology of health and illness in Ireland UCD Press Davey B, Gray A & Seale C (eds.) (1996) Health and disease: a reader Senior M & Viveash B (1998) Health and illness Macmillan Press Ltd. Butler R & Parr P (eds.) (2000) Mind and body spaces: geographies of illness, impairment and disability Routledge Clancy P, Drudy S, Lynch K & O'Dowd L (eds.) (1995) Irish society: sociological perspectives Institute of Public Administration Inglis T (1998) Lessons in Irish sexuality UCD Press Inglis T (1998) Moral monopoly: the rise and fall of the catholic church in modern Ireland UCD Press Mahon E, Conlon C & Dillon L (1998) Women & crisis pregnancy Government Publications Office Marks D (1999) Disability: controversial debates and psychosocial perspectives Routledge Marsh I, Keating M, Eyre A et al (2000) Sociology: making sense of society Prentice Hall O'Connor P (1999) Emerging voices: women in contemporary Irish society Institute of Public Administration Tovey H & Share P (2000) A sociology of Ireland Gill & Macmillan Williams S J, Gabe, J & Calnan M (eds.) (2000) Health, medicine and society Routledge
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