It addresses common issues in medical sociology such as health policies, health inequalities, illness experience, medical professions and doctor-patient relationships.
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
There are obvious differences in patterns of health and illness across societies, over time, and within particular society types.
There has historically been a long-term decline in mortality within industrialized societies, and on average, life-expectancies are considerably higher in developed, rather than developing or undeveloped, societies.
Diseases are examined and compared based on the traditional medicine, economics, religion, and culture that is specific to each region.
For example, HIV/AIDS serves as a common basis of comparison among regions.
Where medical research might gather statistics on a disease, a sociological perspective of an illness would provide insight on what external factors caused the demographics who contracted the disease to become ill.
The sociology of health and illness requires a global approach of analysis because the influence of societal factors varies throughout the world.
The course is divided into two parts: the first presents the theory and concepts; the second includes excercises that may have to be prepared by the students before the course.
It is recommended to bring a laptop with a downloaded demo version of UCINET.