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SOC 213 - Sociology of Health and Illness

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Students in this course explore issues of health, illness and the health care systems of the United States and other nations using sociological perspectives. Students analyze how social, political, economic and cultural forces affect health and illness with an emphasis on understanding health and illness as social, not just biological processes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe the social and cultural contexts of health, illness, health behaviors, illness behaviors and the sick role.
  2. Apply critical sociological perspectives to aspects of health, illness and medical systems in the U.S. and other nations.
  3. Explore the social meaning and experience of illness, chronic illness, mental illness and disability using current and historical models.
  4. Analyze current trends in healthcare, research, technology and bioethics.
  5. Identify patterns of health disparities within diverse populations.
Listed Topics
  1. Definition of health, illness and the sick role
  2. Social construction and distribution of health and illness
  3. Social structure and inequality
  4. Mental health
  5. Disability
  6. Health care systems in the U.S. and other nations
  7. Health care providers
  8. Professionalization
  9. Healthcare costs and payment systems
  10. Technology
  11. Bioethics
Reference Materials
Textbooks and other books, academic articles, news and media sources, publicly available data sets, online resources including video materials
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 04/12/2024
Last Reviewed: 04/12/2024

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