Summer 2021  |  SOC 4246 Section 001: Sociology of Health and Illness (87677)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
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
06/07/2021 - 07/30/2021
Tue, Thu 10:00AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 30 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 course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information:
Class Description:

Experiences of health and illness play a central role in structural inequalities, social interactions, and even our identities. We often take these terms for granted, assuming they are static and objective when in fact definitions of "health" and "illness" change over time in relation to science, religion, economics, and law. In this course, we will examine the social construction of health and illness as well as the important role that social construction plays in our social world. We will ask: How do some conditions come to be labeled "healthy," or "normal," and others as "sick?" How do these terms intersect with race, gender, class, nationality, sexualities, and (dis)abilities? Specific topics we will cover include: chronic illness, fat stigma, the wellness industry, pharmaceutical drugs, reproductive rights, scientific racism, cosmetic surgery, and eugenics. We will focus primarily on the United States context, though there will be some cross-cultural historical analysis.

In-class activities (30%)
Short response papers (30%)
Experience of Illness Paper (30%)
Discussion lead (10%)
Exam Format:
Class Format:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Zoom class sessions will include a mix of independent writing, small and large group discussion, and some lecture. At the beginning of the semester, students will sign up to co-lead a class session of their choice.
Approximately 30-50 pages of readings per week

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
25 February 2021

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