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.

  • EYXM20 Sociology of Child Health

    This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of issues and constructs related to childhood and child health and welfare for children aged 0 ¿ 11 years. It offers students a sociological perspective on childhood health risks, statistics, policies and promotion campaigns. Using the analytical tools of sociology, students will learn to evaluate critically epidemiological findings, differential health outcomes, health problems, and public health initiatives in light of their historical, social and cultural contexts.

  • 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.

  • PS-M39 Qualitative Methods

    This module provides coverage of main approaches to qualitative research. Qualitative analysis will be taught via a practical/conceptual, rather than a theoretical approach. Instruction is given in the use of performing qualitative analyses. The objective of this approach is to ensure competency in the understanding of the uses of qualitative analysis, and the main strengths and weaknesses of this approach. The course will lead to the ability to perform analysis, and enable interpretation of such analyses.

  • 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.

  • PSY305 Psychology Work Placement Module

    This module starts with a 3-day intensive employability boot camp covering the key skills that are essential in the work place (Self-management, business and customer awareness, team-working, communication, problem solving & psychological literacy). Following this, a work-placement (35+ hours) will be undertaken which can be spread-out over a number of weeks (e.g., one day per week) or over a shorter time period (alternative working patterns can be made in agreement with the module leader). A limited number of local placements can be provided or self-sourced placements can be accommodated (judged on a case-by-case basis for suitability). Please note that, students who apply to this module are applying for any number of placement opportunities in general and not applying to one specific placement of their choice. Eligibility/ selection criteria for the module: 1. Completed Bronze Swansea Employability Award (students who have yet to complete the Bronze level of the Swansea Employability Award can do so here: https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/swansea-employability-award-overview/ by the end of June) 2. Statement explaining why you would like to take part in this module and what you hope to gain from it (300 ¿ 500 words). 3. Attendance record throughout your degree (If mitigating circumstances have affected your attendance, this will be considered during selection).

  • 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.

  • 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.