Fall, 2020 classes

In addition to their core* courses, Sociology will offer several new and some recurring electives during Fall, 2020.

If you have never taken an online course - all sociology courses are taught by faculty and adjunct faculty who have extensive online teaching experience, and you are welcome to contact any of them about their course.  We hope to see you in a sociology course soon!


FALL, 2020

SOC 342 Medical Sociology (both on-campus MW 3-4:15, and online)
This course aims to provide an in-depth overview of the major theories and conceptual frameworks of medical sociology. At its core, medical sociology emphasizes the importance of moving beyond biological and medical understandings of health and illness by highlighting key social factors that influences individuals’ health experiences. This course will cover the interplay of biological, medical and sociological perspectives in addressing inequalities in health and illness by sex/gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other demographic characteristics. In doing so, we will cover a wide span of the health and illness experience, from examining how the meaning of illness is defined and redefined over time, to assessing how individuals’ interactions with various actors within healthcare systems impact health outcomes. Sample topics we will discuss this semester include: Why are some health-related behaviors labeled as “deviant” while others are not? In what ways can different types of stressors “get under the skin” and make you sick? How are technological innovations affecting the doctor-patient relationship? By the end of the course, students should be able to a) understand key classic and contemporary frameworks in medical sociology, b) to assess how factors such as gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status impact health inequalities across the life course, and c) understand the manner in which an individuals’ health and illness experience is shaped by their interactions with social and healthcare systems.  (For more information, contact .)

SOC 343/WGST 343 Sociology of Women's Health (both remote TR 2:30-3:45, and online)
This course draws upon a variety of theories (including feminist and critical theories) and examines the intersections of gender identity, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and power to understand the ways in which women experience health and illness and, how women’s health care is structured in the U.S.  Although organized around specific biological conditions/ illness, the focus of the class is on gendered dimensions of key sociological concepts including the doctor-patient relationship, help-seeking behavior, the socialization of health care providers, and the cultural and structural dimensions of the health care system.  Drawing upon a broader context, recent policy responses related to U.S. women’s and LGBTQ health also are addressed.  (For more information, contact .)

SOC 435 Sociology of Health & Illness (online)
This course examines how groups of people experience health and illness. We will consider the ways in which social class, race/ethnicity, gender, and neighborhood are intertwined in the lived (micro-level) experiences of health and illness using key micro-level sociological concepts (e.g. the sick role, the doctor-patient relationship, help-seeking behavior, and more). As part of the course, we will discuss: How has the routinization of chronic conditions changed our sense of self and experience of illness? In what ways has "medicalization" influenced our understandings of illness and social control?  How have physicians been socialized into their professional roles? How has the increased emphasis on prescription medications affected our experience of illness?  How have patients organized to change physical and mental health care?  (For more information, contact .)


* core includes SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology, SOC 202 Social Problems, SOC 210 Race in the U.S., SOC 301 Social Statistics, SOC 303 Research Methods, SOC 320 Social Theory, SOC 323 Diversity & Inequality.