Sociology of Medicine and Health

Spring 2018
HTS 3086
This course will introduce the sociology of medicine and health (also known as medical sociology or sociology of health and illness), which is a broad field examining the social production of health, wellness, illness and mortality. This sub-discipline of sociology starts from the assumption that we cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge. Thus, a main objective of this course is to enable students to describe the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that influence social behavior by exploring health, illness, and health care from a sociological perspective. The course will be designed and instructed around student community engagement with local non-profit organizations that serve social needs directly related to health. This course is open to undergraduate students of all majors. 
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