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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course aims to extend medical students' knowledge by exploring some of the sociological aspects of health and illness. As an overarching aim, the course seeks to convey an understanding of the social dimensions of health-related micro-level and experiential issues and their relationship to wider, macro-level cultural and structural forces, addressing various ways in which 'personal troubles' can be connected to 'public issues', as a core endeavour of sociological thought and research. The influence of wider political and economic forces on medical treatment, professional organisation and practice is a central focus of the course.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Marta Trzebiatowska

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Medicine (ME)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This 15 credit course provides insights into a variety of ways in which sociological approaches can be applied to offer insights into the social dimensions of medically related issues.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay (4000 words) - 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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