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SOCY 5545 Medical Sociology (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

In this course, we begin with the idea that we cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge, but, instead, we must also consider a variety of social, political, economic, and cultural forces. This course uses sociological perspectives and methods to understand topics such as: social meanings of illness; patterns in the distribution of health and illness; the ways people seek help for and manage their illnesses; the ways doctors, nurses, and patients interact with each other; the cultural, organizational, and economic functioning of various healthcare institutions; and social movements surrounding health.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wen Fan

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17