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Health and Society

Code 13385
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements not applicable
Mode of delivery Attendance
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes Provide students with the sociological knowledge and skills which enables them to analyse health inequalities (and underlying causes) among individuals, social groups and populations, as well as discuss the role of social policies to overcome these inequalities.
By the end of this curricular unit, students should be able to:

Apply theoretical and conceptual frameworks from sociology to the analysis of health inequalities between and within social groups;
Identify the most important patterns of health inequalities within Portuguese society;
Describe the transition from the individualistic model of disease causation to the consideration of social determinants of health and understand the implications of that shift in health promotion;
Know the main determinants of health and describe their impact on individuals, groups and populations;
Analyze and discuss the role of social policies in reducing health inequalities;
Participate in current debates on health inequalities.
Syllabus I - Health for all?
1 - Health and social inequalities
2 - Socioeconomic status and health
3 - Gender and health
4 - Etnicity and health
5 - Social exclusion and health

II - Health promotion
1 - Criticism of the individualistic model of disease causation
2 - Social determinants of health and its implications for social policies
3 - Health, participation and citizenship
Main Bibliography Carapinheiro, G, (2006) “A saúde enquanto matéria política”, in Carapinheiro, G. (org.) Sociologia da Saúde. Estudos e Perspectivas, Coimbra, Pé de Página Editores
Bartley, M; Blane D; Smith, G. (1998) Sociology of Health Inequalitites, Londres, Blackwell Estebanez, P. (2002) (ed.) Exclusión Social e Salud, Barcelona, Icaria Editorial
Lane, S.; Cibula, D. (2000) “Gender and health”, in Albrech, et al. (eds) Social Studies in Health and Medicine, Londres, Sage
Prohasta, T.; Peters, K.; Warren, J. (2000) “Health behavior: from research to community practice”, in Albrech et al.(eds) Social Studies in Health and Medicine, Londres, Sage
Robert, S.; House, J. (2000) “Socio-economic inequalities in health: integrating individual-community and societal-level theory and research”, in Albrech et al. (eds) Social Studies in Health and Medicine, Londres, Sage
WHO (2003). Social determinants of health – the solid facts. 2nd edition. WHO-E: Copenhaga

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Theoretical and practial classes with a focus on texts' analysis
Tutorial classes

Individual and group work
Presentation and critical analysis of texts
Participation and debate in the classroom context

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-05-08

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