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, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: