Health across the Lifecourse (L3116B)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

The module introduces you to sociological perspectives of health across the lifecourse. It examines through theoretical and empirical work how health and illness are conceptualised and experienced and how the state, professions and organisations position themselves and formulate responses, for example through policy, discourse and specific interventions. The module covers contemporary issues concerning health including maternal health, mental health, and health inequalities, and state and private provision of healthcare.

The module takes a lifecourse approach from birth and infancy through midlife and old age to death and dying, with each week’s topics covering sociological theory and debate and their application to empirical work and policy.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.