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Unit information: Health Inequalities, Law, and Society in 2021/22

Unit name Health Inequalities, Law, and Society
Unit code LAWDM0130
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. John Coggon
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The Health Inequalities, Law, and Society Unit takes a ‘ground up’ approach to entering study of health and law. It begins with reference to observations derived from social epidemiology regarding the links between social status and health opportunities and outcomes, and explores how these may be analysed through critical works in social justice. Two ideas in particular pervade the Unit: first, through a more political lens, the Unit examines how different perspectives lend different views on how health inequalities should be understood, and on what constitute appropriate measures to address them; second, through a more societal lens, the Unit examines how different modes of social engagement can be seen to practically to feed into health law and governance.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The Unit aims to develop an understanding of Health Inequalities, Law, and Society, and develop a broad, socially-embedded approach to the study of questions in health law. As appropriate, these will be considered in light of associated philosophical, political, and regulatory perspectives.

On completion of the Unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse critically health inequalities
  2. Have a critical understanding of different means of evaluating and responding practically to health inequalities
  3. Undertake independent research and critical analysis in relation to questions raised on the Unit
  4. Apply critically such knowledge and understanding within a discursive, critical essay
  5. State and analyse relevant law and other modes of regulation accurately
  6. Apply legal and political principles to practical questions concerning health inequalities
  7. Evaluate critically the overall area of Health Inequalities, Law, and Society

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Information

2 x summative assessments: 2x coursework with a specified word count (50% each)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.