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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2009

SOC 354K • Sociology of Health and Illness

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45750 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 108

Course Description

This course critically examines the health status of the poor and of major racial/ethnic minority groups in the United States. Attention will be focused on the patterned ways in which the health of these groups is embedded in the social, cultural, and political, and economic contexts and arrangements of U.S. society. Topics covered include, racism and its effects on health; the effect of social inequality on health; health problems among the poor; the impact of social factors on medical care use; trends in population health over time; and the impact of poverty and race on health in other countries.

Grading Policy

Exam #1 30%
Exam #2 30%
Exam #3 40%


Coursepack available at Paradigm (407 W. 24th St.)


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