Social Analysis in Health 1

Subject POPH90203 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours: One two hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: -
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: -
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Alison Brookes, Dr James Bradley, Dr Louise A. Keogh


Centre for Health and Society

Key Centre for Women's Health in Society
Telephone: +61 3 8344 0717
Email: enquiries-kcwhs@


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview: This subject introduces students to the key social science disciplines that have informed population health and health care, including history, sociology, psychology, politics, anthropology, indigenous studies and gender studies. The subject explores the disciplinary underpinnings of social movements such as feminism, civil rights, and disability rights and their contribution to population health.
Objectives: At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
  • Understand the different disciplinary approaches of the social sciences and their application to health practice
  • Critically analyse health issues from a range of social science perspectives
  • Critically analyse the relationship between health and the social sciences
  • Understand the potential and limitations of social science disciplines to the understanding of population health challenges.

  • One in-class presentation of 20 minutes (equivalent of 1000 words) (20%)
  • Critical analysis; 1000 words (20%), due mid-semester
  • One 3,000 research essay (60%) due at the end of the semester
Prescribed Texts: Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Upon completion of this subject a student should have:
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills
  • Advanced skills in cross-disciplinary analysis
  • Advanced skills in reading critically within and across a range of academic disciplines
  • Advanced skills in critical analysis of academic and popular discourses.
Related Course(s): Master of Health Social Sciences
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Social Sciences
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Social Health
Women's Health

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