Full Title:Health, the Individual and Society
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HIST N8136
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module introduces the student to the concepts of health, health promotion and physical activity. It examines the contribution of psychosocial factors on health, well being and physical activity.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the concepts, principles of and approaches to health and health promotion.
  2. Examine health and physical activity from a sociological and cultural perspective.
  3. Explain the role of psychological factors in health, physical activity and well-being.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Concepts of health,
Defining Health. Relationships between health, disease and illness. Health as a Concept. Lay/ professional/medical/national and international perspective of health. Cultural influences on health.
Concepts, principles of and approaches to health promotion.
History, Development and Principles of Health Promotion. Definitions of health education, health promotion, public health and physical activity. The World Health Organisation.Principles of Health Promotion and the Ottawa Charter. Models and approaches to Health Promotion.
Sociological aspects of health and physical activity.
Introduction to Sociology. Culture and socialisation, social stratification and social class . Inequality, marginalisation, poverty. Sociological analysis of health and physical activity.
Psychological determinants of health and physical activity
Introduction to Psychology; cognition and information processing; social cognition and health; health behaviors; well being and mental health. Understanding the psychology of physical activity.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment The student will submit an academic piece of writing examining the psychosocial factors contributing to health, well being and physical activity. 1,2,3 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Continuous Assessment :The student will submit an academic piece of writing examining the psychosocial factors contributing to health, well being and physical activity.100%

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture, Class Discussion, Group Work 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 70.00 Once per semester 4.67
Directed Reading No Description 25.00 Once per semester 1.67
Online Contact No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Coakley, J 2008, Sport in society: issues and controversies, 10th Ed., McGraw-Hill Boston [ISBN: 978-0073376547]
  • Naidoo,J. and Will, J. 2009, Foundations for health promotion, 3rd Ed., Elsevier Health Sciences London [ISBN: 978-0-7020-2965-3]
  • Hubley J and Copeman J 2008, Practical Health Promotion, 1st Ed., Polity Press Cambridge [ISBN: 13 978-07456-3666-5]
  • McDonald, B. 2009, An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland,, 2nd Edition Ed., Gill & Macmillian Dublin [ISBN: 978-07171-4550-8]
  • Marks, D., Murrary, M., Evans, b. & Estacio, EV. 2011, Health Psychology: Theory, Research & Practice., 3 Ed., Sage London [ISBN: 1848606222]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Giddens, A . 2012, Introduction to Sociology, 8th Ed., polity Press Cambridge [ISBN: 978-0393912289]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • International journal of health promotion and education
  • International Union for Health Promotion and Education
  • Association for health promotion in Ireland
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 2 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 2 Mandatory