AD1883: Health-related Social Policy

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 7hr(s) Other (day review session); 2 x 2hr(s) Tutorials; 80hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Students will have knowledge of different understandings of health and health inequalities, as well as of related models of health promotion and approaches to social policy.
Module Content: Health inequalities; medical and sociological analyses of health and illness; models and strategies of health promotion; the 'welfare state' and social policy in Ireland. Review of Learning from Year One.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify ways of measuring health inequalities.
  • Identify key features of the distribution of health inequalities.
  • Distinguish between alternative established understandings of the determinants of health and health inequalities.
  • Give an account of the 'social model of disability'.
  • Delineate and discuss alternative models and strategies of health promotion.
  • Discuss the meaning and significance of the 'welfare state'.
  • Identify the principal features of health/wellbeing-related social policy in Ireland.
  • Indicate how social policy is shaped and determined in Ireland.
  • State key personal learning from Year One.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Director, Centre for Adult Continuing Education).

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