The following is an indicative list of topics for this module; precise seminar content may change from year to year.
- Medical sociology, past and present
- Critical Perspectives on biomedicine:The social construction of medical knowledge and
the medicalisation of society
- Pills, power, personhood: Pharmaceuticals and Society
- Lay ‘knowledge’ in the information age
- The doctor-patient relationship: continuity and change
- Ageing bodies
- Chronic illness and disability
- Chronic illness as biographical disruption?
- Sleep, health and society
- Death and dying
- Class and health
- Gender and health
- ‘Race’, ethnicity and health
- Medicine, gender, and the health care division of labour
- De-Professionalising or Re-professionalising medicine? Trust and Transformation
- Social movements in health
- Medical technologies and the body: from therapy to enhancement?
- The rise of bioethics: sociological developments and debates
- A new medical pluralism? Complementary and alternative medicines
- Medical sociology revisited: past, present and future
Timing and CATS
This module is a Full Year module and is worth 30 CATS.
The aims of the module are to provide students with a thorough grounding in the sociology of health and illness, including critical sociological perspectives on medicine, health and society; lay experiences of health and illness across the life course; patient-professional relations in medicine and health care; health inequalities; the changing nature and status of professional power and dominance; and other key developments regarding health and medicine in the twenty-first century such a new medical technologies, social movements in health, the rise of bioethics and the ‘new’ medical pluralism.