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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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 Mel DuffyOffice NumberH237
Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To introduce ociological 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
  • Discuss how family, religion, culture, sexuality, gender and the media influence our concepts of health & illness in a changing Ireland

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Laboratories 0
Independent Learning Time 51

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
Indicative Syllabus:

Socialisation process -socialisation process of nursing - socialisation process of people in care - labelling and stigma

Social Institutions -family-education-religion

Social Class & Inequality

Culture & Ethnicity

Concepts of disease, disability and illness

Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Indicative Reading List

Duffy, Mel (2006) {compilation text] Introduction to Sociology of Health & Illness Pearson Custom Publishing


Barry, A. & Yuill, C (2002) Understanding Health: A Sociological Introduction SAGE

Bartley, Mel (2003) Health Inequality: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories & Methods Polity Press

Birchenall M & Birchenall P (eds.) (1998) Sociology as Applied to Nursing and Health Care Bailliere Tindall

Blaxter, Mildred (2004) Health Polity PressButler 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

Cleary A & Treacy M P (eds.) (1997) The Sociology of Health and Illness in Ireland UCD Press

Davey B, Gray A & Seale C (eds.) (1996) Health and Disease: A Reader Open University Press

Hunt, Stephen J. (2005) The Life Course: A sociological Introduction PalgraveInglis T (1998) Lessons in Irish sexuality UCD PressInglis T (1998) Moral Monopoly: the Rise and Fall of the Catholic Church in Modern Ireland UCD Press

Kelleher P. & Kelleher, C (2004) Voices of Immigrants: The Challenges of Inclusion Immigrant Council of Ireland

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

Quinn, Suzanne & Redmond, Bairbew (eds.) (2003) Disability & Social Policy in Ireland UCD Press: Dublin

Senior M & Viveash B (1998) Health and Illness Macmillan Press Ltd.Tovey H & Share P (2003) A Sociology of Ireland Gill & Macmillan

White, K (2002) An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness SAGE

Wiley, Miriam M. & Merriman, Barry (1996) Women & Health Care in Ireland: Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour Oak Tree Press: Dublin

Williams S J, Gabe, J & Calnan M (eds.) (2000) Health, Medicine and Society Routledge

Wren, Maev-Ann (2003) Unhealthy State: Anatomy of a Sick Society New Island: Dublin
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