Feb 07, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

SOC 265 - Sociology of Health and Illness

4 credits (Fall or Spring)
An examination of the social contexts of health, illness, and medical care, focusing on the debates and contrasting perspectives of medical sociology. Topics include the social, environmental, and occupational factors in health and disease; the politics surrounding breast cancer and the AIDS epidemic; the patient’s perspective on illness; the development of the health professions and the health work force; ethical issues in medicine as they relate to medical technology; and alternatives to current health care organizations. Emphasis is given to how the social categories of gender, race, social class, and sexual orientation affect both illness and health care.

Prerequisite: SOC 111 .
Note: Not offered every year. Plus-2 option available.
Instructor: Ferguson