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

Marc Garcia

M.S., Texas A&M University

Marc Garcia

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Biography

Marc is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. A native of San Antonio, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American and a Master of Science in sociology from Texas A&M University. His research interests include social demography, health disparities, aging and life course, and race and ethnicity.

SOC S354K • Sociology Of Health & Illness

86897 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 1.104
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Description

This course uses lectures, documentaries, and class discussions, as well as reflections of your own and others’ health and illness and representations of health and illness in the media, to understand health and illness in the US and abroad. This course will critically examine the distribution of mortality and morbidity, how health and illness are defined and socially constructed, the experiences of illness, training and hierarchies of health care workers, interactions between health care providers and patients, alternative medicine, ethical issues in health care, and health care financing. The course will have a strong focus on social inequality in each of these topics. The majority of the course will focus on health and illness in the United States but will include discussions of health and illness in other countries and regions.

 Textbooks

 The Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness, 6th Edition by Gregory L. Weiss and Lynne E. Lonnquist

PDFs of readings on Blackboard

Grading Policy:

 Two exams  70% 

 Quizzes  20% 

 Writing assignment  10%

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