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SOCI423 - Sociology of Health and Illness

Course Details

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.





Course Schedule

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

Current Syllabi

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

Forums:

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.

Assignments:
This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 60.00 %
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 %
Assignments 40.00 %
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
Publication Info:
ISBN: 9780335236626
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.
Author: Greenwald, Howard
Publication Info: Wiley Lib
ISBN: 9780787995478

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.
ISBN:9780335236626
Author: No Author Specified
Unit Cost:$53.61
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.
ISBN:9780787995478
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Greenwald, Howard
Unit Cost:$63.23

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.