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Health and Wellbeing in Society module

First year - students must study all the following modules

  • Personal and Academic Development - This module introduces you to essential skills you will need for your degree course, including referencing, literature searching and critical thinking
  • Psychological and Sociological Theories in Health and Illness - This module introduces a range of psychological and sociological approaches, theories and concepts which are relevant to understanding an individuals’ health and wellbeing
  • Health and Welfare - this module is designed to provide students with an historical perspective of the origins of the NHS, the development of the welfare state and the provision of welfare services during the latter half of the Twentieth Century and the beginning of the Twenty First Century. It will introduce students to key concepts relevant to economic policy and aspects of welfare.
  • Health Improvement and Lifestyle - is designed to introduce you to different perspectives on health improvement
  • Introduction to Social Research Methods -  introduces students to a range of social research methods used within social research as well as reference to analysis techniques

Second year - students must study all the following modules

  • Applied Social Research Methods - this will build upon Introduction to Social Research giving students a deeper insight into various social research methods within social research.  Methods of analysis will be built upon from first year  
  • Health and Disease in Communities - This module introduces the discipline of epidemiology and key concepts and methods. The module examines the multi layered and multi-dimensional causes and risk factors that produce health inequalities and identifies the required action at all levels. It will provide a knowledge base to equip students to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between epidemiology and public health policy and practice, and of the challenges facing epidemiology in contemporary society
  • Psychological Aspects of Health and Illness - students are introduced to more advanced models of health, critical health theory and given the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a given case study
  • Social Aspects of Health and Illness - the module seeks to build on the foundations laid in the level four module ‘Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness’ by sociologically and in some instances, conceptually, exploring further salient issues in the sociology of health. This module in particular picks up contemporary issues and debates around E-Health and Medical Technologies, the relationship between health, risk and responsibility as well as examining in more conceptual detail more established theoretical contributions to understanding health
  • Debates and Dilemmas in Health and Social Care - furnishes students with the concepts and theories in fields of study such as ethics and politics to address contemporary health debates and dilemmas 

Third year 

Compulsory Module

  • Health Promotion and Public Health (30 credits) - this module reviews past and recent development in public health and considers concepts, principles and methodologies associated with different sub-fields of the subject. It introduces students to theories to guide practice, explores the evidence base for intervention and features a special focus on actions to improve the environment to create a more health-promoting setting. Important perspectives and themes are explored via a focus on a variety of topical issues and debates within the public health discourse from local, national and international standpoints
  • Health and Wellbeing in Society Dissertation (30 credits) - the final year dissertation represents a major piece of work.  It involves students engaging in the research process to conduct an investigative study that is relevant to their course. The dissertation will enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the research process and illustrate their knowledge of, and ability in its application

Optional Modules (you will select 90 credits from the following list)

  • Social Exclusion and Health (15 credits) - this module explores the concept of social exclusion. Different theoretical perspectives are reviewed. The module also explores related topics, for example, poverty, inequalities in health and social capital. Consideration is given to specific groups, for example, lone parent families, people with a disability, gypsies and travellers, the homeless and older people and the impact of social exclusion on these groups
  • Gender, Health and Social Care (15 credits) - this module examines the relationship between gender and health. It seeks to explore the extent and character of gender differences in health care institutions, ideologies and practices. In particular, it examines the gender differences in relation to health status; the use of health care services; and the division of labour in health care. It also explores various gender-relevant themes in health and health care: for example, reproduction, sex work and domestic violence
  • Ageing and Health (15 credits) - This module aims to critically examine what is means to age ‘healthily’, drawing on biological, psychological, sociological and gerontological theory. Student will explore key topics, such as physical changes, mental health, end of life care. 
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing (15 credits) - The aim of this module is to explore what is meant by 'mental wellbeing' and to investigate the many different influences that impact on this. Some of the topics covered will be: the link between exercise and mental wellbeing; the impact that society has on wellbeing; the link between mental health and physical health and an exploration of the value that practising Mindfulness has on our wellbeing.
 
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