Core Module Information
Module title: Health in a Social and Geographical Context

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NUR11120
Module leader: Margaret Dunham
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

This module predominately addresses outcomes within Platform 2 of the NMC Future Nurse Standards (2018); Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health. The following outcomes are addresses [2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.11 and 2.12]. In addition, it addresses outcomes in Platform 5 - Leading and Managing Nursing Care and Working in Teams [5.1] and Platform 7 - Co-ordinating Care [7.2, 7.3] as well as Annexe B - Communication and relationship management skills [2.1, 2.2, 2.8].

The module focuses on the interaction of individual and society to inform understanding of people’s experience of physical and mental health and illness and of utilising health and social care provision.

Key theories are drawn on from the social sciences, and specifically from social epidemiology. You will be encouraged to critique and review these theories with a view to determining their validity, you will do this using both peer reviewed literature and contemporary events. Theories will be used as a basis for critical thinking about the role of the nursing profession in identifying meaningful evidence informed opportunities to address wider societal problems [LO1].

A critical view of population health strategies will be taken drawing on evidence as to their effectiveness. Doing so will require you to understand the theory lying behind approaches such as the sensitivity and specificity of screening [LO2, LO3]. This learning will be done with a view to you developing detailed critical knowledge that enables you to consider issues such as accessibility, and demonstrate confidence in communicating complex ideas in lay terms.

The module will encourage you to develop a critical understanding as to the relevance of the theories to themselves and their practice drawing from the social sciences of critical work on structure and agency. Practical ways in which nurses and the nursing profession can make a difference, including screening (for example for depression, problematic alcohol use, cancer, falls risk and so forth), vaccination, education, inter-professional work (for example drawing on the third sector), and advocacy of individuals and communities [LO3]. This linking of theory to practice will be especially encouraged through the production of an editorial advocating for an intervention that has implications for improving population health [LO1-3]. This module has been set up to support the development and enhancement of communities of learning in line with a programme focused approach.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically review theories relevant to nursing drawn from social epidemiology (including epidemiology, health geography, and demography).

LO2: Critically appraise how those theories have emerged and influenced policy and practice in historical and contemporary times.

LO3: Critically appraise evidence informed tools designed to optimise physical and/or psychological health in practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Margaret Dunham
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 190
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-3 14/15 HOURS= 02.30
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NUR11120 Health in a Social and Geographical Context