Health and Social Theory: Health, Illness and Medicine as Culture
- Tutorial/Seminar: 3
Knowledge about health, illness and medicine are central to the definition of self in Western society. This course uses contemporary theories to explore a variety of health issues in order to develop a socio-cultural understanding of the role of medicine and the healthcare system in the Western world. Topics may include: power relations and the medical encounter, representations of medicine and illness in popular culture, lay perspectives on illness and health, and the connection between health theory and health care service delivery.