AbstractThe underlying conditions in our society influence the diseases that individuals experience as well as the resources allocated to prevent disease. Historically, the government’s reaction (or lack thereof) to HIV/AIDS offers an illustrative example of how a marginalized population experiences differential treatment in terms of health. More currently, we...
- Subject Area(s):
- Medical Sociology
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- Class Level(s):
- College 300
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Learning Goals and Assessments
- Connect social context to the experience of disease and illness and use current events and policies to better understand the fundamental causes of disease.
- Understand the differential treatment of individuals based on public assessment of the proximate causes of disease.
- Weigh the public health concerns of society with the rights of individuals to privacy.
- Students’ understanding of concepts discussed in class and presented in readings and films will be assessed through a paper that asks them to apply these ideas to current events.
- Students will be expected to think critically about the ways in which academic and popular culture come together in our understanding of health.
- Students will be able to relate ideas to broader sociological concepts in order to understand how marginalized populations can be denied resources in systematic ways even in today’s society.