STS 3111

STS 3111

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

This course provides an introduction to the ways in which medical practice, the medical profession, and medical technology are embedded in society and culture. We will ask how medicine is connected to various sociocultural factors such as gender, social class, race, and administrative cultures. We will examine the rise of medical sociology as a discipline, the professionalization of medicine, and processes of medicalization and demedicalization. We will look at alternative medical practices and how they differ from and converge with the dominant medical paradigm. We will focus on the rise of medical technology in clinical practice with a special emphases on reproductive technologies. We will focus on the body as a site for medical knowledge, including the medicalization of sex differences, the effect of culture on nutrition, and eating disorders such as obesity and anorexia nervosa. We will also read various classic and contemporary texts that speak to the illness experience and the culture of surgeons, hospitals, and patients, and we will discuss various case studies in the social construction of physical and mental illness.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: senior, junior, and sophomore students.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 3111DSOC 3111SOC 3130

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16582STS 3111  LEC 001

  • 16583STS 3111  DIS 201

  • 16584STS 3111  DIS 202

  • 16585STS 3111  DIS 203

  • 16586STS 3111  DIS 204