About This Course
This course provides a topical overview and introduction to important sociological perspectives on health and illness. We will identify and critically evaluate the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that influence health outcomes and health disparities by demographic group.
Over the semester, we will analyze a variety of readings on health, including qualitative and quantitative empirical studies, medical sociology theory, public health reports, and mainstream news articles in order to delve deeper into the sociological meanings of health. The course will cover topics ranging from health policy and the US health system in the international context to health social movements to bioethics and biotechnology.
By the end of the course, you will have a firm grasp on the connections between medical sociology, the broader disciplinary concerns of sociology, and the pragmatic concerns of health issues.