Health, Care and Wellbeing - SA301

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR D Kirton checkmark-circle


Health, care and wellbeing are central concerns in all our lives; and they raise questions of the interconnected roles of the state, the market and the individual in their creation and support. In this module we explore how we understand and conceptualise these areas, and the potential role of policy interventions in support of them. The module examines the social determinants of health, exploring the ways in which inequalities in society can be replicated. It asks how we might best address changing health needs, including in relation to the growing proportion of older people, exploring these in the context of the new politics of the NHS. What are the best structures to deliver health care? How should these best be funded? Life style is increasingly implicated in health outcomes, and the module explores the dilemmas raised by rising levels of obesity. These are matters of personal choice, but they challenge the health and wellbeing of the population, and raise questions of how choices are shaped in the context of market production. Governments increasingly declare that they are interested not simply in health or prosperity, but also of wellbeing. The module explores what this means, and why there is a new interest in this area. This includes a focus on children/young people and families, examining social policies in areas such as child care, looked after children (state care) and provision for young refugees.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

22 (1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar weekly)
Evaluative and analytic skills, to assess the outcomes of social policy intervention on individuals and communities.

Method of assessment

50% coursework (2 essays each of 1,250 words in length)
50% written examination (2 hours)

Indicative reading

Baggott R (2007) Understanding Health Policy
Baggott R. (2000) Public Health: Policy and Politics
Baggott R (2015) Understanding Health Policy (2nd edition), Policy Press
Phillips, J (2007) Care, Policy Press
Bache, I. and Reardon,L. (2016) The Politics and Policy of Wellbeing:
Understanding the Rise and Significance of a New Agenda Edward Elgar

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the current sources of welfare in the UK in relation to health and social care
An understanding of some of the key concepts used in the field, in particular in relation to concepts of care and wellbeing
Problem solving skills and the ability to seek solutions to social issues and individual needs.
Sensitivity to the values and interests of others and to the dimensions of difference.
Able to identify and use theories and concepts in in relation to health, care and wellbeing.
Distinguish between technical, normative, moral and political questions
Communicate ideas and arguments to others, both in written and spoken form.
Develop interpersonal and team work skills to enable them to work collaboratively, negotiate, listen and deliver results.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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