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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Albury-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

Grading System



One session


School 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


This 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.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.