Social & Psychological Studies

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social & Psychological Studies

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Psychology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    Educational Aims: This module explores how social systems, relationships and individual characteristics affect people?s health status and illness-related conduct. It enables students to put their nutritional knowledge into a wider context by providing a foundation in the concepts and methods of the human sciences.

    Learning Outcomes: Understand the basic approaches of psychology and sociology to the explanation of human conduct; to explain the meaning of fundamental sociological concepts such as class, culture, interaction and self, and conditioning, self-actualization, conformity and obedience in psychology, and apply them appropriately; recognise how sociology and psychology usefully complement a biologically based understanding of health issues and human conduct generally, and illustrate this by reference to the causal explanation of contemporary patterns of ill-health; be familiar with the major changes to self and society associated with the rise and subsequent development of modernity, and understand their implications for health and health care; have an awareness of the psychosocial background to health-relevant behaviour and the health professional/client relationship.

    Suggested Reading: TAYLOR, S. (2007) ?Sociology, social research and health.? Ch.1 in Taylor, S & Field, D. (Eds.) (2007) Sociology of health and health care (4th ed.); Blackwell, Oxford. MARKS, D.F. et al. (2011) ?Health psychology: an introduction." Ch. 1 in Marks D.F et al. (Eds.) (2011) Health psychology: theory, research and practice. (3rd. ed.); Sage, London.

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