Sociology of Health

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociology of Health

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes
    Student will become familiar with social patterns of health & illness.
    Student will be introduced to various theoretical perspectives on health
    Students will understand what the determinants of health/illness are.
    Students will acquire a knowledge for some of the health issues in South Africa
    Students will become familiar with the impact of gender relations on health
    Issues such as adolescent health and obesity will also be discussed

    Main Content
    An examination of determinants of and theoretical perspectives on health
    An examination of health and health issues in South Africa context
    Poverty and its alleviation
    adolescent health
    Impact of obesity on health

    Breakdown of Learning Time:
    Contact with lecturer / tutor: 42 hours, two lectures per week
    Assignments and tasks: 26 hours
    Assessment: 2 hours
    Practicals: 0, 1 tutorial per week
    Self study: 30 hours

    Total Learning Time: 100

    Method of Student Assessment:
    Assignments, tests, tutorial 60%
    Examination 40%
    Assessment Module type: CFA

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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