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Key Concepts in Social Medicine (Module)

Module description

This module will continue to build on the themes discussed in first year's Social Medicine module, by probing deeper into the practices and perspectives of social medicine. It will offer historically contextualized analysis of assumptions in biomedical cultures. An analytical exploration of key concepts in social medicine is at the core of the module: We will re-examine analytical categories such as medicalization, subjectivity, social construction of illness, biological forms of citizenship and biomedical technologies. In doing so, we will draw on a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, ethnographic material, and discourse analysis of media representations and literary discourses, in order to rethink contemporary issues regarding health and medicine. As case examples, the module material will engage with specific conditions such as organ transplantation, mental illness and HIV/AIDS. In illuminating historical and contemporary dilemmas in medicine, students will engage in critical examination of larger questions regarding health institutions, value systems, and socio-political cultures at work in the multiple and diverse worlds we live in.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.  

Staff information

Dr Kriti Kapila (Term 1)

Dr Ben Hunter (Term 2)

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

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Required module for

Key information

Module code 5SSHM002

Credit level 5


Credit value

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No