SOC108 Sociology Of Health And Health Care (8)


This subject introduces students to sociology and how a sociological approach can be applied to provide a deeper understanding of current issues relating to health, illness and health care. Through the analysis of theory and research, students will engage with the various ways in which the social organisation of society shapes health care delivery and institutions, patterns of illness and health, and individual experiences of ill health.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SOC108
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to apply sociological concepts and theories to contemporary health issues.
  • Be able to explain the influence of social structure and human agency on the organisation of health care and health outcomes.
  • be able to demonstrate the significance of a sociological approach in making sense of health and medical issues
  • be able to demonstrate skills in the written presentation of an argument, including the ways in which sociologists incorporate and acknowledge the ideas of other writers


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Studying health and illness from a sociological perspective.
  • The social organisation of health care.
  • Inequalities in health and illness.
  • Social experiences of health and illness.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.