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SCWK5012: Health and Inequality

The field of health and illness is an important and challenging area for social workers. The distribution of health, illness and disability is a key indicator of social inequality. For that reason alone, provision of adequate, appropriate and accessible health services is one way to redress and prevent the health consequences of inequalities. This unit of study asks students to examine how social inequalities permeate the experience of health and illness, both physical and mental. It examines how health policy and health services, as an important surfacing point for personal and social troubles, can both redress and exacerbate inequalities.

Code SCWK5012
Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of health inequalities and the social determinants of health
  • LO2. Critically analyse the application of social work theories to health and illness
  • LO3. Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively and critically reflect on teamwork, including their own participation
  • LO4. Communicate effectively and appropriately both verbally and in writing

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