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Psychosocial Concepts & Theories Applied to Nursing 2 - HEA00134M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Rob Allison
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Term 2024-25

Module aims

This module is designed to advance the students’ knowledge and understanding of sociological and psychological factors related to ill-health and disability. It aims to build on knowledge from the previous module by introducing students to public health and ethical theory and its application to nursing.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse how psychological perspectives can inform our understanding of emotional reactions to life events and ill-health experience, including end of life care.

  2. Illustrate the social construction of disabilities and ill-health and how sociological perspectives can inform our understanding of how ill-health impacts on individuals and communities.

  3. Analyse how public health is informed by understanding of the environment, patterns of disease, health policy and health economics.

  4. Critique the strategies of health promotion and health education and how they can be utilised across the lifespan.

  5. Debate how ethical theory and legislation inform healthcare.

  6. Interpret and apply research evidence to inform your understanding of psychological, sociological and environmental aspects of healthcare.

Module content

Ethics/legal issues, Health promotion, (patient education, resilience - self & others), Public health, Health policy and economics, end of life care, Illness, (stress, grief, loss), Psychological distress, Learning disability, Reflection (Nursing Process).

Health inequality & social determinants, Patient preference/ actions, Epidemiology, Pain, Sick role / adjustment / locus of control, Family, societal, Community responses to stigma, Screening, Risk Ax & mgt-safeguarding, Concept of illness (stress / grief / loss), Interventions– communication, Play Therapy, Distraction Diversion, Equality & diversity, CAMH, Attachment disorders, Adherence / Compliance / Concordance, Psychological Trauma, Self-management, Recovery, MH approaches. Globalisation and the political agenda.


Task Length % of module mark
Psychosocial concepts & theories Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Psychosocial concepts & theories Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for the summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

Barry A-M, Yuill C (2016) Understanding the Sociology of Health; an introduction (Fourth Edition). London: Sage.

Marks DF (Ed) (2002) The Health Psychology Reader. London: Sage.

Sarafino, EP & Smith TW (2017) Health Psychology: biopsychosocial interactions (Ninth Edition). New Jersey: Wiley.

Seedhouse D (2017) Thoughtful Health Care: ethical awareness and reflective practice. London: Sage

Wilson F, Mabhala M, Massey A (Eds) (2015) Health Improvement & Well-being: strategies for action. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.