Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    
    Oct 16, 2021  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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STS 3111 - Sociology of Medicine

(crosslisted)
(also BSOC 3111 DSOC 3111 , SOC 3130 ) (SBA-AS)
Spring. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Not open to freshmen.

C. Leuenberger.

This course provides an introduction to the ways in which medical practice, the medical profession, and medical technology are embedded in society and culture. We will ask how medicine is connected to various sociocultural factors such as gender, social class, race, and administrative cultures. We will examine the rise of medical sociology as a discipline, the professionalization of medicine, and processes of medicalization and demedicalization. We will look at alternative medical practices and how they differ from and converge with the dominant medical paradigm. We will focus on the rise of medical technology in clinical practice with a special emphases on reproductive technologies. We will focus on the body as a site for medical knowledge, including the medicalization of sex differences, the effect of culture on nutrition, and eating disorders such as obesity and anorexia nervosa. We will also read various classic and contemporary texts that speak to the illness experience and the culture of surgeons, hospitals, and patients, and we will discuss various case studies in the social construction of physical and mental illness.



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