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This subject will introduce sex/gender as a social construct. We will take a historical perspective to explore the women’s health and men’s health movements. We will compare and contrast the health of men and women and critically analyse the explanations that have been offered for both the differences and similarities. Case studies will be used to illustrate the contemporary ways in which practices of health care are gendered and the consequences for health (e.g. psychiatry, HRT use, cancer, heart disease and medical consultations). We will also analyse the ways in which public health programs are gendered and the consequences for health (e.g. screening programs, tobacco cessation etc). Finally, we will analyse the health consequences of gender relations in day-to-day life (e.g. in employment, housing, family).
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand the social construction of sex/gender
- Use a historical perspective to understand the ways that gender and health are related
- Apply the theories of gender to health problems
- Apply the theories of gender to health promotion and public and social policy
Upon completion of this subject a student should have:
- Advanced written and oral communication skills
- Advanced skills in cross-disciplinary analysis
- Advanced skills in reading critically within and across a range of academic disciplines
- Advanced skills in critical analysis of academic theories.
Last updated: 2 December 2019