PCS-20001 - Lifestyle and Change in Contemporary Society
Coordinator: Charlotte Woodcock Tel: +44 1782 7 34878
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733928

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

In this 15 credit module you will examine lifestyle factors affecting individuals, families and communities and will explore ways of facilitating lifestyle change. You will attempt a personal lifestyle change to aid learning about challenges and opportunities in improving health and wellbeing, and will reflect on your progress. This module gives you a greater understanding of lifestyle factors and change models which will be useful in a range of career settings which have a public health focus.

This module will enable students to examine lifestyle factors affecting public health and examine individual and community approaches to change.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Discuss factors affecting lifestyle and population health in contemporary society including personal choice, culture and environment: 1
Discuss barriers and enablers to lifestyle change, and reflect on how these may be addressed: 1
Evaluate models which support change in contemporary society and consider how these may facilitate and sustain change: 1

Study hours

28 hours face to face teaching: 15 hours lectures, 10 hours group work, 3 hour debate
2 hour tutorial
120 hours independent study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 100%
A 2500 word assignment focusing on a behaviour change intervention
A 2,500 word assessment to describe, justify, and critically evaluate a behaviour change intervention targeting an identified health need of the student┐s choice. This will involve the identification of behaviour(s) to be changed and target population. A description of the intervention will include justification for its components and delivery strategy based on understanding of theory and empirical evidence, its evaluation, and consideration of limitations and unintended consequences.