Dr. Robert Sanderson
William C. Cockerham, Medical Sociology (8th
The principal goal of this course is to introduce students to medical
sociology/anthropology by presenting the ideas, concepts, themes, theories,
and research findings in the field. The selection of topics for classroom
presentations is intended to identify and discuss the most current issues,
debates, and findings in medical sociology/anthropology.
Medical sociologists and anthropologists exercise their craft in an increasingly independent manner, either working with a greater degree of partnership with health care professionals or functioning as medicine's critics should the situation warrant it. Therefore, much of the material will be presented from both a functionalist and a critical perspective, theoretically.
To accomplish this, the course is divided into three major sections:
Sectoin 1: Defining health and illness
Section 2: Health Care Professionals
Section 3: Health Care Institutions and Policy
We'll start by examining the history and evolution of medical sociology/anthropology from its origins in social epidemiology to the present. The primary focus will be on exploring different theoretical "models" used to conceptualize disease and the practice of medicine. Second, we will examine the roles of all persons involved in the delivery of health care, including doctors, nurses, and medical technicians. Finally, our study will turn toward the comparison of health care institutions and the policies that guide and govern the practice of medicine. Via examining the text and specific assigned readings, we'll attempt to develop a sociological/anthropological depiction of human society relevant to our understanding of modern health care problems. Essentially, this course is for sociology or anthropology students interested in the theory and practice of medicine and is beneficial for anyone involved in Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing.
It is the policy of UALR to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Any disabled student who needs accommodation, for example, in seating placement or in arrangements for examinations, should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. The chair of the department offering this course is also available to assist with accommodations. Disabled students are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, located in the Donaghey Student Center, telephone 569-3143.