2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CSOCL 2406 Health, Illness, and Society

This course is a cross-cultural analysis of health care and society designed for students interested in health and illness from a sociological perspective. The course uses both a cross-cultural and historical approach to analyze how access to health care systems is affected by age, race, class, and gender. The American health care system will be compared to other health care systems with regard to the major topical areas of 1) the social production of health and illness, 2) the social organization of health and illness, and 3) the social experience of health and illness. Special attention will be given to current health care issues in global perspective, such as health care reform, AIDS, medical ethics, defining quality of care, rationing, and health care policy.