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Pharmaceuticals And Society (Module)

Module description

The module will introduce students to an authoritative and comprehensive analysis of the interaction between pharmaceuticals and society from a range of social science perspectives, including anthropology, bioethics, economics, history, politics and sociology. Specifically, the module aims to:
  • Evaluate key theoretical approaches to the nature of pharmaceutical development, regulation, marketing and consumption
  • Explore the complex nature and interaction of social science and techno-scientific factors explaining the role of pharmaceuticals in society
  • Provide an understanding of the types of evidence that need to be brought to bear on risk-benefit decisions about pharmaceuticals across many institutional contexts and especially the role of social science in illuminating the nature of that evidence
  • Raise awareness of the international nature of the pharmaceutical-society interaction
  • Provide the analytical tools for systematic discussion of the global dimensions of health needs and pharmaceutical provision

Staff information

Professor John Abraham

Teaching pattern


Module assessment - more information

1 x 3,500 word essay (100%)

Key information

Module code 7SSHM612

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No