About Me

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.

  • ASP253 Family Policy

    The aim of this module is to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of family policy, and the challenges it faces in relation to social, demographic and political change. The module offers students an introduction to basic concepts and theories underpinning family and family policy, and provides topical examples of contemporary issues facing families.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SHHM52 An Introduction to Sociology and Psychology for Physician’s 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.

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.