Publications

  1. Semiotics of Happiness: Rhetorical Beginnings of a Public Problem. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  2. Medicalization of Social Problems. In Thomas Schramme, Steven Edwards (Ed.), Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine. -18).
  3. & Not very NICE: deviance, stigma and nutritional guidelines related to healthy weight and obesity. The International Journal of Health Planning and Management 31(2)
  4. Happiness Research: A Review of Critiques. Sociology Compass 9(1), 62-77.

Teaching

  • ASP109 The Economics of Social Policy

    This module provides an introduction to the relationship between economics and social policy and the way in which economic ideas, approaches and analysis can contribute to policy development. A brief history of economic thought provides a backdrop to the development of welfare economics and debate about the involvement of the state and the market in social welfare and wellbeing. The structure and operation of public expenditure management in the UK is explored, along with an examination of how money is spent across different sectors, services and social groups. Examples of theory, policy and practice are drawn from health economics and other fields.

  • PPS104 Power and Politics

    This module explores how world power is exercised and how it shapes our lives. It examines the relationship between citizens and the state through considering a series of major ideological perspectives, from Marxism through to Libertarianism. It compares different approaches to answer central questions about why contemporary society is as it is, and asks what a better society would be like.

  • PPS106 Introduction to Psychology and Sociology in Health Care

    This module provides students with a sound introduction to some of the key theories and contemporary debates within the sociology and psychology of health and illness. It will enable students to understand the significant influence of social factors in people¿s interpretation and experience of health and illness and will also explore social relations in formal health work. The module will also consider the relationship between psychology, health and illness and the essential contribution of psychology to medicine and health care.

  • PPS200 Professional Development and Critical Thinking

    This year-long module will include a placement in a vocational/professional setting to enable students to build upon the employability skills they acquired from the first year Academic and Professional Development module. It is designed to encourage students to enhance their employability through a supported programme of work experience and achievement of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) Silver and Gold level awards. Students will develop key transferable employability skills and achieve specific employability competencies through the production of a Personalised Placement Learning Record. Developing critical thinking and reflexivity in HEI and employment settings will be a cornerstone of this module.

  • PS-M52 Statistical and Research Methods

    This module provides a comprehensive overview of the statistical methods and research designs used in applied clinical and health psychology. The module examines the parameters of ethical research practice and introduces students to the key concepts and a limited number of qualitative methods commonly used in applied psychology.

  • SHBM00 Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health

    In this module students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the wider context of health care management. The social, cultural and economic context within which health and illness are defined and experienced and how these impact and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems will be critically explored.

  • SHF207 Applied Psychology and Sociology for Health Care

    This module considers the impact of individual and societal influences on health and illness. Theory and evidence from the disciplines of psychology and sociology will be considered within the context of healthcare provision.

  • SHG112 Introduction to Health Sciences (ABMU)

    This module will introduce the student to normal anatomy and physiology, as well as key sociological and psychological concepts.

  • SHH114 Sociology of Health and Illness

    This module provides students with a sound introduction to some of the key contemporary debates within sociology of health and illness. It will enable students to understand the significant influence of social factors in people¿s interpretation and experience of health and illness and will also explore social relations in formal health work.

  • SHH118 Careers and Employability

    This module allows students to complete the Bronze level of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA). Students are introduced to the skills needed in applying for jobs and/or moving forward in a career path, including how to recognise and make the most of experience, learning, and knowledge and how to sell themselves effectively.

  • SHH209 Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience

    This module will enable students to build upon the employability skills they acquired from the SHH118 Careers and Employability module. It is designed to encourage students to enhance their employability through a supported programme of work experience and achievement of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) silver level award. Students will develop key transferable employability skills and achieve specific employability competencies through the production of a Personalised Placement Learning Record.

  • SHH212 Sociology of Health and Illness 2

    This module is taught in alternate years to combined groups of level 5 and level 6 students. The distinction between the levels is obtained through different learning outcomes and assessment questions. Building on the cognate level 4 module, this module further explores key contemporary debates and research approaches in the sociology of health and illness.

  • SHH300 Dissertation

    This module provides the student with an opportunity to develop a research proposal relevant for research in health and social care.

  • SHHM52 An Introduction to Sociology and Psychology for Physicians Associates

    This module will introduce students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and MSc Physician¿s Associate Studies to the core concepts in sociology and psychology that will underpin holistic practice.

  • SHQM40 Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health

    In this compulsory module students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the wider context of health care management. The social, cultural and economic context within which health and illness are defined and experienced and how these impact and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems will be critically explored.

Supervision

  • Access to citizenship in the mobilities age (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Musselwhite
    Other supervisor: Dr Ashley Frawley
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Nash

Additional Teaching

SHH114 Sociology of Health and Illness I
This module provides students with a sound introduction to some of the key contemporary debates within sociology of health and illness. It enables students to understand the significant influence of social factors in people’s interpretation and experience of health and illness and also explores social relations in formal health work.

SHH212 The Sociology of Health and Illness II
Building on the cognate Level 1 module, this module further explores key contemporary debates and research approaches in the sociology of health and illness.