Spring 2013  |  SOC 4246 Section 001: Sociology of Health and Illness (68811)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
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Delivery Medium
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/22/2013 - 05/10/2013
Mon 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 250
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Course Catalog Description:
Context of social, political, economic, and cultural forces and medical knowledge. Social meanings. How people seek help and manage illnesses. How doctors, nurses, and patients interact. Social movements surrounding health.
Class Description:
The Sociology of Health and Illness, or Medical Sociology, seeks to understand issues of health and illness in social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. In this course we will explore these contexts, as well as ethics, theory and structure of medicine. We will consider medical experiences at the individual level as well as the group and structural levels. We will ask important questions about medicine, about practitioners, about patients and families. Why do some groups of people experience the medical system differently than others? What are the systematic differences in illness and outcomes among groups of people in society? How has medicine changed over time? How does the health care system function in the U.S.? How does health care function throughout the world? How is the health care system organized? What is the role of public health? This course presents an overview of Medical Sociology in primarily a lecture format, but will also utilize films, class exercises, and class discussions.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2012

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