This module examines language, discourse and communication across different contexts within medicine, illness and health. We will explore some of the dominant policy and media discourses of health, focussing on issues such as mental health, relationships of power between patients and health professionals, the framing of personal risk and responsibility in health promotion, and the representations of emerging diseases. We will also examine the discursive negotiation of personal experiences of health problems, for example through narrative reconstructions of illness experiences, positioning of 'sick' and 'healthy' people, doctor-patient interactions and the use of online forums for advice and support. The module will also cover a range of approaches and methods that are used in health discourse analysis, such as illness narratives, discursive psychology, conversation analysis, discourse metaphors, and critical discourse analysis.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Module assessment - more information
(1) One 3,000 word essay (85%)
(2) Poster (15%)