Spring 2021  |  SOC 4246 Section 001: Sociology of Health and Illness (51923)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Closed (80 of 80 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the importance of health and illness in people's lives, how social structures impact who gets sick, how they are treated, and how the delivery of health care is organized. By the end of the course you will be familiar with the major issues in the sociology of health and illness, and understand that health and illness are not just biological processes, but profoundly shaped by the organization of society. prereq: One sociology course recommended; soph or above; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Wednesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click on this link for more course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC4246+Spring2021
Class Description:
What do you do when you get sick? Where do you go? Who provides your medical care? In this course we will discuss why the answers to these basic questions are actually quite complex. This course is designed to introduce students to medical sociology and will examine issues surrounding health, illness and healing from a sociological perspective. Throughout the course we will cover numerous topics including: the social construction of health and illness, healthcare providers, the healthcare system - including contemporary debates regarding healthcare reform - and the social determinants of health inequalities.

Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.
30-75 Pages Reading Per Week
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 November 2019

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