Full Title:Introduction to the Social Sciences of Health and Illness.
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8131
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Description:Students will have an awareness and understanding of psychological and social factors which can contribute to the health and well-being of an individual.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Examine concepts of health and health promotion.
  2. Examine health from a sociological and cultural perspective.
  3. Discuss the psychological factors that can contribute to health and ill health

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Unit 1 Health & Health Promotion.
Concepts of health - Defining Health; lay/professional/medical model/national/international perspectives. Determinants of health and illness; health inequalities. Health promotion - Definitions and evolution of health promotion and health education; role of World Health Organisation; approaches to health promotion.
Unit 2 Sociological aspects of health and illness.
Introduction to Sociology. Culture and socialisation, social stratification and social class. Inequality, marginalisation, poverty. Sociological analysis of health and illness.
Unit 3 Psychological aspects of health
Introduction to psychology and health.Beliefs about health and illness; the relationship between beliefs and behaviour; Wellbeing and Mental Health.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%

Full Time

No Course Work
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 100.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Formal Exam Autumn Final Examination = 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 7 weeks 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Tutorial 7 weeks 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
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hubley J and Copeman J 2008, Practical Health Promotion, 1st Ed.,, 1st Ed., Polity Press Cambridge [ISBN: 13 978-07456-3666-5]
  • Marks, D., Murray, M., Evans, B., Estacio, E.V. 2012, Health psychology: Theory, Research and Practice., 3 Ed., Sage London [ISBN: 1848606222]
  • McDonald, B. 2009, An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland,, 2nd Edition Ed., Gill & Macmillian Dublin [ISBN: 978-07171-4550-8]
  • Naidoo,J. and Will, J. 2009, Foundations for health promotion,, 3rd Ed., Elsevier Health Sciences London [ISBN: 978-0-7020-2965-3]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Giddens, A. 2012, Sociology, 7th Ed., Polity Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9780745652931]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: Economic & Social Reseach Institute www.esri.ie
  • Website: Institute of Public Administration www.ipa.ie
  • Website: World Health Organisation www.who.org
  • Website: Office of Social Inclusion www.socialinclusion.ie
  • Link: Library Catalogue

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NGNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing 2 Mandatory
nocode13 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 2 Mandatory
nocode14 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 2 Mandatory
nocode20 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Intellectual Disability Nursing Exit Award) 2 Mandatory