Hlsc120

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HLSC12O: SOCIETY, CULTURE AND HEALTH
Lecture One: Introduction

Introductions
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Unit Outline:
Learning outcomes
Assessment
Content

Group introduction and activity

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task

Word length Weight
(or equiv)

Teamwork: Student Seminar

20‐25 mins 20%

Written Exam

2,000 words 40%

Reflective Writing Assignment

1,750 words 40%

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Topics for Today
• A sociological approach and the sociological imagination
• Biomedical model
• Globalisation and health

After this session you will be able to.....
 Explain basic features of a sociological approach to health and illness  Describe the key
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Sociology:
Some guiding principles
Social exploration of health
– Group & individual experiences
– Unique, individual factors of health/illness BUT also shared, social factors Medical knowledge, practice, & technology
– Often constructed as THE TRUTH, without reference to the historical and cultural development of medicine ‐ sociology critiques what is meant by TRUTH.

Health is socially shaped
– What is means to be healthy or ill shifts between generations and within generations; across cultures and within cultures

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Identifying a sociological approach
Key features of a sociological approach:
Social distribution and production of health patterns of health and illness eg gender, class, age

Social construction of health defining and meanings of health and illness

Social organisation of health social processes to manage health and illness eg power; which health services receive funding priority etc., ‘who does what and to whom’ “The first wisdom of sociology is this: things are not what they seem”
(Berger 1963)

http://archiv.watzlawickehrenring.at/2008/peter‐l‐berger/fotos.html

Berger, P. (1963). Invitation to Sociology, Bantam Doubleday Dell cited in: http://www.soc.iastate.edu/sapp/Berger.html: date accessed 12 January
2016.

Key Concept:
The sociological imagination
C. Wright Mills:
“ …enables its possessor to understand the

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