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Course module: 201900017
Health in society
Course infoSchedule
Course code201900017
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level2 (Bachelor Elaborating)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Interdisciplinary social and behavioural sciences;
Contact personF.M. Stok
Contactperson for the course
F.M. Stok
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prof. dr. J.B.F. de Wit
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Teaching period
1  (31/08/2020 to 06/11/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotB: TUE-morning, THU-afternoon
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 02/06/2020 up to and including 28/06/2020
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 17/08/2020 up to and including 18/08/2020
Waiting listNo
Course placement processniet van toepassing
Course aims are:
  1. Understanding of the important role of social factors in the health and wellbeing of individuals, social groups and populations;
  2. Knowledge of the major perspectives, theories and research regarding health outcomes and behaviours highlighting the interplay between individual, social and structural factors;
  3. Understanding of sources of inequality in health between and in contemporary societies and main explanations of these inequalities;
  4. Familiarity with social policy and other interventions to address social and structural influences on health;
  5. Ability to critically analyze and discuss theory and research regarding social and structural influences on health behaviours and outcomes;
  6. Ability to apply theory and research regarding social and structural influences on health to research and intervention regarding contemporary health issues.
Good health in many ways is a critical asset and enabler that allows people to live productive and satisfying lives. Life expectancy has increased dramatically in the past century, in particular in high-income countries in the 'global north', and behaviours and lifestyle now play a dominant role in (preventable) ill health. Health and wellbeing are however unequally distributed and inequities related to social and structural factors play out between and within countries. In addition to socio-economic differences, health inequities are increasingly noted in relation to various other social factors, such as gender, culture and sexual orientation. This course will provide students with an exciting opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the role of social and structural factors in health and how more distal drivers of inequity interact with more proximal individual determinants of health outcomes and  behaviours. In addition to highlighting contemporary theories and research that take an ecological approach to public health, the course will showcase key examples of contemporary health issues affected by broader social and structural factors, such as social stigma of specific groups. The course will also encompass an overview of social and structural approaches to public health and health promotion, such as through social policy and environmental change, complementing well-known education and counselling approaches.

Relation between aims and examination
Course aims 1 - 4 will be predominantly tested in the exam, and course aims 5 and 6 will be mostly tested in the assignment.

Academic skills
Related to the exam:
Intellectual abilities
Studying and analyzing information
Social/cultural context
Academic context

Related to the assignment:
To evaluate activities and presentations (of oneself and of others)
To present: prepare, perform and evaluate a plea
To discuss/debate
To synthesize and structure information
To write (in general): to plan, write, rewrite and complete distinct text types
To collaborate with others, to work in teams
To work along a plan
To prepare/design research
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Basic knowledge of social and behavioural sciences, in particular in relation to behaviour, social processes and their relation with health.
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
Introductie ASW,
Introductie maatschappijwetenschappen: de moderne samenleving,
Sociale psychologie,
Interpersoonlijke processen,
Sociale problemen,
Sociale stand van Nederland: sociale vraagstukken en beleid,
Culturele antropologie 1: Inleiding in de culturele antropologie,
Steden en moderniteit: Burgerschap, ongelijkheid en geweld,
Cultural anthropology 3: Globalization and sociocultural complexity,
Antropologie van gender, seksualiteit en het lichaam
Required materials
Title: The New Public Health, 4th edition, 2015 Author: Fran Baum Publisher: Oxford University Press EAN 9780195588088
ISBN: 9780195588088
Title:The New Public Health
Author:Fran Baum
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Costs of materials:60.00
Instructional formats

Class session preparation
Studying assigned literature

Small-group session

Class session preparation
Studying assigned literature

Digital exam
Test weight60
Minimum grade5.5

Project report
Test weight40
Minimum grade5.5

Groups of 3-4 students will develop a proposal for research regarding a contemporary health issue. The study may focus on assessing the social and structural factors that influence health outcomes and behaviours, or testing an innovative intervention approach. Cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental designs may be used as can qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. The research proposal will be described in a joint report to which all participants contribute appropriately.

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