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Spring 2013
Apr 18,2014
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SOCI 230 - SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & MEDICINE
Many elements can be said to constitute a legitimate analysis of health, illness and medicine; among these are definitions of health and sickness, the impact of macro structures such as the economy and the structure of the health professions as well as the role of civil society and public health initiatives. The focus of the course is on diverse topics such as professionalization, inequality in access, social policy and technology. We will discuss how illnesses arise, models of health and wellness and the role of public policy in a comparative perspective. Health and healthcare policy has been the subject of much debate in the United States. There is an interactive relationship between the ways in which health and illness are understood and treated in society. Although the western or allopathic model of health and illness is generally hegemonic, other paradigms do inform modes of health care practice such as homeopathy and folk medicine. We will examine these modalities as well. It examines definitions of health and medicine as well as the development of the health care professions in historical context. Students will examine the social forces that impact conceptions of health and illness and the delivery of healthcare in the United States and in other countries.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sociology Department

Course Attributes:
GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate

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