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Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Sociology or equivalent, and English 6/English B or equivalent.

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

Information about application for exchange students

  • Cancelled AS17 week 49-02, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-43165
  • 15/03/2018 AS18 week 45-50, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-43218

Health and Social Change

Course 7.5 credits

This course focuses upon how social circumstances, especially social change, affect people's health in different ways, examining for example mortality, incidence of various diseases - and even different diagnoses - and health-related behaviours, such as alcohol consumption. The course studies also how the population's overall health influences social and economic development, a fact that is often overlooked in this context. The world's modernisation, globalisation and the transformation of Eastern Europe after 1989 are some of the types of social change whose effects on public health are covered on the course.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2015

Course design

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars and group exercises.

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student is able to:

  • survey and analyse the subarea of health and social change
  • describe and problematise social processes and their impact on living conditions
  • independently acquaint themselves with different theoretical and methodological traditions in the subarea of health and social change
  • critically analyse and interpret different types of societal changes and health problems
  • independently produce knowledge reviews in the subarea of health and social change
  • demonstrate awareness of the inherent possibilities and limitations of theory and research
  • independently examine and evaluate results of advanced research
  • critically reflect on the ethical aspects and problems of research


  • Written assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Seminar participation

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2015

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