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

Fall 2009

SOC 354K • Sociology of Health and Illness

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46605 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
BUR 212
PUDROVSKA

Course Description

This course focuses on social patterns of health and illness as well as the distribution of diseases in the population. A special attention will be given to health disparities in the United States by gender, social class, race/ethnicity, and marital status. We will also examine a variety of mechanisms through which macro-social factors "get under the skin" and affect individuals' health at the micro-level. Some of these mechanisms include stress, discrimination, work-family balance, financial hardship, etc. In addition, we will discuss important demographic processes, such as population aging and increased rates of divorce, and the implications of these processes for physical and mental health of adults and children. In this class, we will define "health" broadly and focus on physical health (for example, major chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer), mental health problems (for example, depression and anxiety), and positive psychological well-being (for example, positive affect, purpose in life, and personal growth).

Grading Policy

Four exams 25% each

Texts

Course Packet at University Coop

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