Social Analysis in Health 1

Subject POPH90203 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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: Two 2-hour seminars per week for six weeks
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: -
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Key Concepts in Social Health
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Louise A. Keogh


Centre for Women’s Health, Gender and Society
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 0692


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.


Four written pieces of 1250 words each, due in week 3, 4, 5 and 6 of 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
Master of Public Health
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Social Sciences
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Social Health

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