Fall 2013 not offered
Why do we trust our doctors? Is it because of the knowledge they possess, the demeanor they cultivate, the places in which they work, or the institutions they represent? This course is an introduction to social studies of health and illness. We will explore how different forms of medical authority are encouraged or undermined through the efforts of big organizations (such as drug companies, insurance providers, governments, and professional associations) and the routines of everyday life (such as visits to the doctor's office and health advocacy efforts). We will also consider how inequalities and biases might be built into medical knowledge and institutions and examine what happens when citizens question medical authority through social movements. The readings will focus on modern Western medicine, but we will also read several historical and cross-national studies for comparison. The course does not require science training.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Fleck, Ludwik. GENESIS AND DEVELOPMENT OF A SCIENTIFIC FACT
Foucault, Michel. THE BIRTH OF THE CLINIC
Additional readings on reserve
|Examination and Assignments: |
One reading response and discussion
Three critical essays
Final research project on a recent book in the field (selected by midterm from among three options)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SOC 151 or SOC 152
Junior or senior SiSP majors who do not meet the prerequisite should request overrides.