Course - Social Inequalities in Health - SOS3608
SOS3608 - Social Inequalities in Health
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024
There have been major changes in the health of Norwegians, Europeans and in the world within a fairly short historical perspective. Life expectancy in many parts of the world has increased drastically, which can be attributed to increasingly better living conditions and healthcare. However, some groups of the population has not taken part of this improvement to the same degree. The improvement has been greater for people with higher education and high incomes as compared to people with less education or income. Thus, there are large disparities in depression, physical chronic conditions, subjective health, life expectancy and all other measurements of health when we compare people´s level of education, income or occupational status. It is possible, in principle, for groups that have lessresources to achieve the same health as those with the most resources. Consequently, there is an enormous potential for improving public health if we were able to reduce inequalities in health between the rich and the poor. This course provides a description of how health in Norway and other European countries are distributed by various measures of social status and for various measures of health. It will show how health inequalities are measured, how they evolve over time, and we compare and explain the magnitude and variation of health inequalities between countries. Explanations will be discussed at both the individual and contextual level, and it will be clear that there are complex processes behind. The lectures are based on the research from CHAIN, which is a research group at the Department of Sociology and Political Science: https://www.facebook.com/chainntnu/
Knowledge - the student shall:
- be familiar with the key discussions and recent research in the Norwegian and international health sociology.
Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:
- be able to apply relevant theories independently.
Learning methods and activities
The program is based on a combination of lectures, field trips and seminars. Joint lectures with SOS2021. If few students attend the course in the first two weeeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision. Whether or not the course is offered also depends on the departments available resources. Please contact the department for further information.
Further on evaluation
Form of assessment: Individual paper.
Required previous knowledge
60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.
To be decided at the start of the course.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Language of instruction: Norwegian
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"