Sociology of Care: caring and work (Aut)

Module code: L4095A
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Explore the question of how and why people 'care' for each other and who gets 'cared for' in different social settings.

You study concepts and theories from a range of perspectives including feminist social theory, sociology of nursing, health and illness and disability studies.

You explore experiences of care giving and receiving by family and professionals through a range of empirical cases.

You will also study debates about:

  • the value and cost of care work and emotional labour
  • the commodification of care
  • the implications of new populations in need of care
  • the concept of vulnerability and its intersection with care needs and provision
  • the meaning of care across the life course with particular reference to people with specific disabilities or chronic health conditions.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstate detailed knowledge and understanding of different theories of care in the social sciences, and consider their relative merits.
  • Explain and analyse the contributions of different strands of feminist thought and sociologies of health, illness and disability to our understanding of care.
  • Assimilate and apply material from recent academic research (and where relevant personal experiences) to illustrate the theoretical approaches covered in the module.
  • Critically explore different forms of care work in comparative perspective.
  • Make appropriate use of empirical data and theoretical work to produce coherent and detailed written work for specialist and generalist audiences.