Health, Care and Wellbeing - SA301

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
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4 15 (7.5) PROF MW Calnan




unavailable to stage 3 students



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 often replicate wider inequalities in society. It asks how we might best address changing health needs, particularly 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 and alcohol consumption. 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 module appears in:

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.


Available 2016/17

Method of assessment

50% coursework (2 essays 1,200-1,500 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

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

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.

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