Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for SOCIOL 333.


Presents a conceptual and topical overview of the Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine. Specific topics to be addressed include: the social distribution of disease; the social production of disease; the social construction of 'illness'; the social construction of treatment practices; patient experiences of illness and healthcare; the social organisation of medicine; and alternative visions of healthcare.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for SOCIOL 333.

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Availability 2023

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Manuel Vallee


Readings will be available through the TALIS reading list for this course.


Coursework + exam


SOCIOL 333: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in Sociology, or COMMS 212 and 15 points in Sociology, or 30 points in Health and Society, or HLTHSOC 100 with a 'B+' or better, or SOCSCIPH 200