שם הקורס: סוציולוגיה של מחלות

מרצה: ד"ר שרון שניטמן

מספר קורס: 286.4322

In this course, we begin with the idea that we cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge, but, instead, we must also consider a variety of social, political, economic, and cultural forces.  Sociologists of health and illness (also known as “medical sociologists”) use sociological perspectives and methods to understand topics such as: social meanings of illness and health; health related stigma; and social movements surrounding health, including the ways some socially controversial behaviors are “medicalized” (e.g. illicit substance use, same sex intercourse) while others are not (legal substance use, unhealthy diet).  As a society, how do our labels for “medical problems” change over time so that medical jurisdiction over a problem can expand or recede? 

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the field of medical sociology, and, to this end, we will address the topics listed above and others.  We will discuss different sociological theories and examine how these contribute to a better understanding of specific contemporary issues related to health and illness.