In this course, we examine three theoretical perspectives that are at the foundation stones of sociology, particularly as applied to medical sociology and sociologically-informed public health research. The three perspectives covered in this course are:
We will use these perspectives to analyze various aspects of health and illness, the health care system, and health policy issues. For each perspective, our aim will be to understand its assumptions about the social world and the intellectual questions it raises. We will also examine how each perspective has been applied in the study of health and illness and health care systems.
A major objective of this course is to introduce and explore the critical elements of each of the three main sociological perspectives and explore how each influences which scientific questions are posed and, subsequently, the policy recommendations that may follow.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Masters and doctoral students with interest in the topic.
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Laptops are allowable in class for purposes related to class. Cell phones should not be used or visible.
Katherine Clegg Smith, Ph.D.
Office: HH 726