SO232 Half Unit
Sociology of Health and Illness
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Carrie Friese STC S213
This course is available on the BSc in Language, Culture and Society and BSc in Sociology. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available with permission to General Course students.
This course has a limited number of places (it is capped). Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
No specific pre-requisites, but this course is not available as a first year option.
Sociology of Health and Illness explores the ways in which experiences of health and illness are socially patterned. We will also ask how the management of health and illness organizes social life. To explore experiences of health and illness, we will look at how specific 'medical disorders' (e.g., ageing, cancer, mental health, disabilities, reproductive and sexual health, obesity etc.) are 'embodied' in socially patterned ways. Empirical studies of specific disorders will be read, in conjunction with analysis of other kinds of texts (e.g., popular writing, film, performance art, museum exhibits, etc.). To address how the management of health and illness organizes social life and vice versa, key theories in the sociology of health and illness will be explored. This will include Parsons's sick role; Weberian and feminist understandings of professional dominance; medicalization, demedicalization and biomedicalization; stigma and stigmatization; health inequalities and the social determinants of health; and Foucaultian notions of surveillance, biopolitics and governmentality.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, online materials and classes totalling a minimum of 20 hours in MT.
Reading Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in MT Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Students will be expected to produce 1 piece of coursework in the MT.
The assessed examination is supported by ONE take home, mock examination that is formative.
L Stevenson. Life Beside Itself: Imagining Care in the Canadian Arctic (2014)
B Prainsack. Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21st Century? (2017)
A Nelson Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (2011)
Mason, KA Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health After and Epidemic (2016)
A Frank, (1997) The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness and Ethics (1997)
E Martin Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture (2007)
J Latimer The Gene, The Clinic and the Family (2013)
S Kaufman (2015) Ordinary Medicine
Eugene Raikhel and William Garriott (2013) Addiction Trajectories
G Davis. Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (2015)
N Tousignant. Edges of Exposure: Toxicology and the Problem of Capacity in Postcolonial Senegal (2018)
In-class assessment (20%) in the MT.
Take-home assessment (80%) in January.
Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Capped 2020/21: No
Value: Half Unit
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