Dentistry in a Contemporary Context - WKBL8860

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 30 (15) Anne-Maria Brennan checkmark-circle


This module will be delivered over two separate weekends. The module will address current and contemporary practice within the wider context of social policy and cultural influence. Participants will critically examine the background and contemporary position of health, and explore issues linked to the effects of current socio-political environments and structures, agendas and policy in dentistry.
Students will critically examine the role and contribution of the dental professionals, with regards to the delivery of dental services, as well as part of an integrated response to broader health related issues. Students will critically examine the oral health of the population through oral health education and collaborative links with other healthcare providers and the Government's Health Care strategy.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 48
Private study hours: 252
Total study hours: 300


This 30 credit module is available during Autumn and Spring terms.


This module is part of the Master's level programme.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Written Assignment 6000 words 80%
Presentation 15 minutes 20%
To successfully complete the module an overall pass is required.

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication):
Chestnut, I. (2016) Dental Public Health at Glance. Chichester:Wiley-Blackwell.
Scambler, S., Asimakopoulou, K. and Scott, S. (2016) Sociology and psychology for the dental team: an introduction to key topics. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Strother-Radcliffe, K. (2017) Social determinants of health, looking up stream. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the incorporation of health into historical and contemporary political and sociological agendas.
2. Evaluate the significance of inequalities effecting health and wellbeing in terms of sociological, economic, cultural, environmental and behavioural factors.
3. Critical awareness of the social factors affecting aspects of general and dental health at different life stages.
4. Comprehensive understand and locate dental health and the dental workforce within political healthcare structures, agenda, policy and leadership.
5. Evaluate the scope and potential of dental professional roles, within the UK and internationally, related to the future delivery of dental services.
6. Critical understanding the research associated with the dental workforce.


PCert / MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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