07234 - Social Studies in Health

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  • Teacher Debora Mantovani

  • Credits 2

  • SSD SPS/07

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences (cod. 8488)

  • Course Timetable from Oct 24, 2022 to Nov 23, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will acquire knowledge of the theoretical foundations of the sociological approach to health and wellbeing and will understand the debate on the definitions of the concept of "health". Furthermore, the student will be able to: apply these theoretical foundations to health contexts; critically analyse the communication style adopted by health professionals and develop critical analysis skills on social and health issues.

Course contents

This course aims to provide the student with the central notions of the field of sociology of health. Starting from the reflection on how our society is now affected by a steady process of medicalisation, the student will have the opportunity to approach the issues of "disease", "medicine" and "health" going beyond the purely biological, technical, political or managerial point of view. The theme of health will also be examined as regards the social dimension considering three main lines: institutions, professionals and diseases.


Carricaburu D. and Ménoret M., Sociologia della salute, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007 (excluding chapters 2 and 8).

Slides presented and discussed during the lessons are available on Virtuale.

Teaching methods

Face-to-face lessons and meetings with health professionals. During the course, students are strongly encouraged to debate the topics discussed.

Assessment methods

The exam is administered in exclusively written form and consists in open-ended questions.

The only valid mark is the one achieved in the most recent attempt to pass the exam.

Candidates who pass the exam can refuse the final mark (thus requesting to re-take the exam) only once, in accordance with the university's teaching regulations.
After having rejected a passing mark, any other subsequent passing mark will be recorded definitively in candidates' transcripts.

Teaching tools

Slide available on Virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Debora Mantovani