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Course Code: SOCI423 Course ID: 4382 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
This course examines the social contexts of health, illness and organized medical care. It focuses on the theories, research and debates of medical sociology. Topics covered will include the social, environmental and occupational factors in health and illness; the meaning of health and illness from the patient’s perspective; the historical transformation of the health professions and the health work force; the social and cultural factors surrounding the creation and labeling of diseases; disparities in health, access to healthcare, and the quality of healthcare received; organizational and ethical issues in medicine including rising costs and medical technology; and health care reform.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|03/30/20 - 09/04/20||09/07/20 - 11/01/20||Summer 2020 Session D||8 Week session|
|04/27/20 - 10/02/20||10/05/20 - 11/29/20||Fall 2020 Session B||8 Week session|
|05/25/20 - 10/30/20||11/02/20 - 12/27/20||Fall 2020 Session I||8 Week session|
|06/29/20 - 12/04/20||12/07/20 - 01/31/21||Fall 2020 Session D||8 Week session|
|07/27/20 - 01/01/21||01/04/21 - 02/28/21||Winter 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to:
CO1: Discuss the social contexts of wellness and illness
CO2: Explain the patient’s perspective on the experience of illness including meaning making and interaction with care providers
CO3: Examine the social-historical transformation of the medical system in the U.S., including the changing role of physicians and other health care providers
CO4: Interpret visual and written depictions of indicators and trends in population health over time
CO5: Identify the socio-cultural aspects of health and illness, particularly as relating to the definitions of health, illness behavior and social epidemiology
CO6: Investigate the social causes of disease and illness related to disparities due to social stratification and unequal access
CO7: Describe the historical role of women in the medical system as patients, practitioners and health care providers
CO8: Differentiate the current ethical issues and debates about new medical technologies and their impact on doctor-patient relationships and on access to health care
CO9: Investigate a subtopic in medical sociology through research using peer-reviewed sources from the APUS
Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.
This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.
Extra credit is not offered in this course.
|Week 1 Forum||12.00 %|
|Week 2 Forum||12.00 %|
|Week 4 Forum||12.00 %|
|Week 6 Forum||12.00 %|
|Week 8 Forum||12.00 %|
|Assignment - Sociological application - Week Three||13.33 %|
|Journal: Social Determinants of Health - Week Five||13.33 %|
|Assignment: Social variables and health outcomes - Week Seven||13.33 %|
|Book Title:||Social Aspects of Health, Illness and Healthcare - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.|
|Author:||No Author Specified|
|Book Title:||Health Care in the United States: Organization, Management, and Policy - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.|
|Publication Info:||Wiley Lib|
Not current for future courses.