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Sociology of Health and Illness

Why are some people healthy and others are not? What does health mean and how do you measure it? What is the meaning of illness? These are some of the questions this course will answer as we examine the fascinating world of the sociology of health and illness. Discussion topics will include: the social determinants of health (health inequities); the social construction of illness; the illness experience; medicalization and pharmaceuticalization; sociology of diagnosis; and the sociology of the body.

SOCIOL 3HH3

Sociology of Health and Illness

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes

Why are some people healthy and others are not? What does health mean and how do you measure it? What is the meaning of illness? These are some of the questions this course will answer as we examine the fascinating world of the sociology of health and illness. Discussion topics will include: the social determinants of health (health inequities); the social construction of illness; the illness experience; medicalization and pharmaceuticalization; sociology of diagnosis; and the sociology of the body.