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Health, Illness and the Body in Everyday Life I, 6 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Master´s Programme in Health and Society and Phoenix EM Dynamics of Health and Welfare
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Health and Society - HOA
  COURSE CODE   737A29
The aim of the course is for the students to increase their understanding of the subjective, social and cultural dimensions of health, disease and the body, and of the interplay between these dimensions.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

- show a basic understanding of the meaning, experience and management of health and illness in everyday life, in contrast to a biomedical perspective
- show a basic understanding of central social scientific concepts and theories within these areas, as well as with central social scientific conceptualisations of the body
- analyse and discuss these conceptualisation and theories orally and in writing
- besides with the obligatory course literature, independently search and use other references of relevance for questions related to the themes of the course.
Specific topics to be covered from empirical and theoretical vantage points are: everyday conceptions (social representations) of health and illness, the experience and management of health and illness in everyday life, the place and importance of the body in social theory, adherence and responses to medical prescriptions and health promoting programmes, attitudes toward medical science, medical professionals and other health care providers. The main focus of the course is on the situations in contemporary western societies.
Central themes will be covered with key lectures. The students formulate questions for discussion at subsequent seminars, based on lectures, obligatory and individually referred texts. Alternatively as an individual reading course: turorials and a written assignment.
Language of instruction: English.
Active participation in seminars. Discussion of short papers presented by the students. Alternatively as an individual readning course: A written assignment.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTS credits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent. All applicants must show in-depth studies for at least one year in a field relevant for the course such as sociology, history, philosophy, epidemiology, public health, and ethics. Studies in medical and natural sciences may be accepted, if considered a relevant background for the course.
Documented knowledge of Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paperbased 575 + TWE-score 4.5, internetbased 90 TWE-score 20), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.5 and no band under 5.5), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Health, Illness and the Body in Everyday Life I
Hälsa, sjukdom och kroppen i vardagslivet I (Health, Illness and the Body in Everyday life I)
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IHS - Department of Health and Society
Registrar No: 1324/06-41   Course Code: 737A29      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Health and Society - HOA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
A1X   Advanced level     HOA   HU  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2008-09-10