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SOC 230
Medical Sociology

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50

Medical Sociology will look at the relationship and interaction between the biological and social factors of health and illness. Topics covered include correlations within the health care systems, individual well-being, real-perceived illnesses, and the notion of our medicalized body. Social stress, health behaviors, the environment, and the distribution of illnesses in the United States have impacted our health and health care system are examined. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Examine the cultural meanings of illness.
  • Recognize the social organizations within the medical care system and the effects race and socioeconomic status has on health.
  • Establish an understanding of the impact science and technology has on health, the social meanings of genetics, and new conceptualizations of the body and health.
  • Formulate a background with healthcare institutions or social service agencies that provide assistance to people with medical problems and/or disabilities.
  • Recognize health and illness cannot be understood simply by looking at it from a biological or medical viewpoint; it is just as important to consider the political, economic, and cultural forces at play.

  • Course Topics
  • Social factors to health and illness and the meaning from a sociological perspective.
  • A sociological look at the sources of illness; diet, exercise, premature deaths, bacteria, viruses, obesity, and healthy behaviors/lifestyles.
  • An epidemiological viewpoint of disease; historical to today.
  • A look at the social distribution of illness in the United States; age, sex and gender, social class, and race and ethnicity.
  • The models of illness; the sick role model and social control from Human Genome Project to Fetal Rights.
  • Defining mental illness, disability, chronic pain/illness and treatment options.
  • A review of the current U.S. health care system, options for reform, and a brief look at alternative health care systems.
  • An examination of health care setting; hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospice, and home care.
  • The role of the medical professional and other mainstream to alternative health care providers.

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    Year Quarter
    SOC 230
    Spring 2010
    Curtis Phillips

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.