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Introducing Health and Social Care


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a 500-word essay plan/introduction/abstract (20%) and 2000-word essay (80%)

Module description

In this module we give you an authoritative overview of the health and care sectors in a local and global context. Using real-world examples from a number of countries, we will guide you through key concepts used to think about health and care, and the main causes and patterns of health inequalities in different places and over the life course. This help you to build knowledge, develop understanding and academic skills and prepare you for the rest of your degree.

Indicative syllabus

  • Key concepts in health and social care
  • Patterns of health inequalities at local, national and global scales: what is measured and why?
  • Health and care through the life course
  • Disabilities: the social model and what it means
  • Health and care in policy and practice
  • Health and the environment

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • review a range of policy approaches to health and social care
  • discuss the causes and consequences of inequalities in health and care for various groups
  • summarise key concepts relevant to health and social care
  • select and apply appropriate sources of information in an academic context
  • present ideas and information clearly in written form in relation to health and social care.