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SOCY 1702 The Body in Sickness and Health (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course explores the central role our bodies play in our perceptions of ourselves, our social roles, and our relationships with others. We will investigate the physiological, psychosocial, and cultural impact of body changes in normal growth and development (including pregnancy and aging) as well as in illness, trauma and disability. Topics may include obesity, pain, the lived experience of chronic illness, the effects of trauma, and end of life issues. The moral and emotional aspects of empathy and caregiving—both for ourselves and for others—will be explored. We will pay particular attention to the perspectives of patients and caregivers (including nurses, family members, social workers and doctors) as well as the supporting research from nursing and other health disciplines.


Instructor(s): Jane Ashley

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course:Enduring Questions


Last Updated: 17-Nov-15