MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2014
Subject Name: 
Sociology
Course Number: 
219
Institution: 
Smith College
This course seeks to outline and analyze ? and at times challenge ? the ways we understand health, illness and medicine. We discuss definitions and representations of health and illness, the significance and impact of biomedical dominance, alternatives to biomedical practices, and the intersections of health, illness and medicine with gender, race and social class. We locate ideas of health historically but also situate models of health care in the context of broader social, political and cultural trends and possibilities. The course encourages you to ask questions about the power exercised by various medical practitioners, and about the ways in which understandings of health, illness and medicine are neither natural nor neutral, but invested with culturally and historically specific meanings. Enrollment limited to 35. Prerequisite: SOC 101.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Schedule #: 
40565-S14

Course Sections

MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Eeva Sointu esointu@smith.edu TTh 03:00-04:20 SEELYE 110