Summer 2018  |  SOC 4246 Section 301: Sociology of Health and Illness (83303)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
College of Continuing Education
Online Course
Times and Locations:
ODL Extended Reg Acad Session
05/21/2018 - 08/24/2018
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (23 of 30 seats filled)
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:
After 11:59 PM Friday of the first week of the term, registration is closed and requires instructor permission.
Class Description:
This course provides a topical overview and introduction to important sociological perspectives on health and illness. We will identify and critically evaluate the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that influence health outcomes and health disparities by demographic group. Over the semester, we will analyze a variety of readings on health, including qualitative and quantitative empirical studies, medical sociology theory, public health reports, and mainstream news articles, in order to delve deeper into the sociological meanings of health. The course will cover topics ranging from health policy and the U.S. health system in the international context to health social movements to bioethics and biotechnology. By the end of the course, you will have a firm grasp on the connections between medical sociology, the broader disciplinary concerns of sociology, and the pragmatic concerns of health issues.
Who Should Take This Class?:
This course serves as an elective in the Sociology major. It can also be used as an elective undergraduate/ graduate course.
Learning Objectives:
1) Demonstrate an understanding of a broad overview of the field of sociology of health and illness.
2) Examine the cause and cultural impact of socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, immigrant status, and gender health disparities.
3) Synthesize contemporary research and current events in the areas of health and illness to define their implications of current U.S. health policy.
4) Critically analyze the social implications of health and illness.
5) Discuss the connections between medical sociology, the broader disciplinary concerns of sociology, and the pragmatic concerns of health issues.
Discussion posts (worth 200 points)
Reading journals (worth 75 points)
Midterm exam (worth 225 points)
Writing group (worth 100 points)
Research paper (worth 400 points)
Total: 1,000 points
Exam Format:
Online midterm exam
Class Format:
Online format
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 February 2018

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