Sociology and Criminology

Health across the Lifecourse

Module code: L3116B
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key topics and debates in the sociology of health and illness
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence in specific cases
  • Critically evaluate competing theoretical perspectives on health and illness