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Archived Version 2007 - 2008

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

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Sabina StanOffice NumberH257A
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 24
Tutorials 5
Laboratories 0
Seminars 2
Independent Learning Time 44

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 nursingSocialisation 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 SAGEWhite, K (2002) An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness SAGESupplementary:Birchenall M & Birchenall P (eds.) (1998) Sociology as applied to nursing and health care Bailliere TindallCleary A & Treacy M P (1997) The sociology of health and illness in Ireland UCD PressDavey B, Gray A & Seale C (eds.) (1996) Health and disease: a readerSenior 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 RoutledgeClancy P, Drudy S, Lynch K & O'Dowd L (eds.) (1995) Irish society: sociological perspectives Institute of Public AdministrationInglis T (1998) Lessons in Irish sexuality UCD PressInglis T (1998) Moral monopoly: the rise and fall of the catholic church in modern Ireland UCD PressMahon E, Conlon C & Dillon L (1998) Women & crisis pregnancy Government Publications OfficeMarks D (1999) Disability: controversial debates and psychosocial perspectives RoutledgeMarsh I, Keating M, Eyre A et al (2000) Sociology: making sense of society Prentice HallO'Connor P (1999) Emerging voices: women in contemporary Irish society Institute of Public AdministrationTovey H & Share P (2000) A sociology of Ireland Gill & MacmillanWilliams S J, Gabe, J & Calnan M (eds.) (2000) Health, medicine and society Routledge
Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
BNIDBSc in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Psychiatric)