Spring 2016  |  SOC 4246 Section 001: Sociology of Health and Illness (60020)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/19/2016 - 05/06/2016
Mon 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Also Offered:
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. prereq: One sociology course or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
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Class Description:
The Sociology of Health and Illness, or Medical Sociology, is an area of Sociology devoted to issues of health and illness in social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. We will examine how these broad forces shape, define, and change arrangements, behaviors, and experiences related to health and illness. The sociological view directs our attention to patterns in social life that influence the development of health care institutions, health care delivery, socialization of health care practitioners, as well as differential health care experiences and outcomes. Specifically we will cover (1) theory as it relates to health and illness; (2) the history and professionalization of medicine; (3) socialization in medicine (4) social structure and medicine (5) culture and medicine and (6) medical ethics.
There will be several grading/learning opportunities in this course. You will write a paper for this course choosing among three options. The first option for the paper is the opportunity to participate in a Community Service Learning project. If you elect this option, you will contribute approximately 25 hours of community service, keep a journal of your experiences, questions and ideas as well as write a paper connecting your experiences to issues discussed and presented in class. Paper Option Two is a research paper in your area of interest utilizing course materials and 15 additional scholarly sources. For the third paper option you may choose a monograph on a particular topic of interest writing about the debates, issues in the area using course materials, the monograph, and five additional scholarly sources.
In addition, there will be two essay exams, non-cumulative in nature.
Exam Format:
Exams will be essay format and non-cumulative.
Class Format:
The format will be approximately 50% lecture, 35 % films and guest speakers, and 15% class discussion.
There will be about 50 to 75 pages of reading per week; two non-cumuluative essay exams; and one final paper/project.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 November 2015

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