Dr Courtney Davis
Module credit value
10 x 3 hour lectures/seminars
The module is designed to introduce students to the basic theories and concepts at the interface of social science, health & medicine. This module will be compulsory for PGT students on the following programmes: ‘Medicine, Science & Society’, ‘Global Health & Social Justice’, and ‘Bioethics & Society’; it will familiarise students in these programmes with the most important approaches towards understanding health and medicine from the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and philosophy and ethics. It is designed to create a mini-canon that all (non-gerontology) SSHM students will master before branching out into their respective programme-specific and specialist modules.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Understand the social, political, and economic factors that influence health and medicine;
2. Be familiar with, and critically appraise, the most important concepts that social scientists and philosophers have used to theorise about health and medicine
3. Act as an independent and self-critical learner who manages their own requirements for continuing academic and professional development.
Semester 2 (spring)
Unseen written examination: 3 hours (50% of module)
Assessed coursework: 3,000 words (50% of module)