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Health, Health, Medicine and Society (SIR018)

This module aims to introduce broad, research-based, critical understanding of key aspects of the social basis of health and illness. The module focuses on the production and consumption of illness, health and healthcare, the socially constructed nature of medical and health knowledge, and debates on contemporary healthcare systems. A number of key conceptual threads run through the substantive topics offered, including lay knowledge/professional expertise, professional-patient interaction, risk and risk management, multidisciplinary professional working, the research-practice interface. Topics in the social aspects of health may include mental health and illness; orthopaedic conditions; death, dying and palliative care; AIDS/HIV; substance misuse, new health technologies (genomics, diagnostics, therapeutics); work, risk and health; the construction of medical and health knowledge; health care delivery, organisation, and interaction; care pathways and patient careers.