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Summary of Changes Made in This Calendar - Medicine and Society in Modernity

Sociology 3035 Medicine and Society in Modernity
Examines several diseases at the confluence of biomedicine and contemporary society (e.g., HIV, influenza, tuberculosis, SARS). These diseases have carried, and continue to carry, tremendous power in their capacity to define what is normal and abnormal, and what is healthy and what is sick. Readings and lectures will demonstrate how the spread of each is the result of social forces that define disease, shape individual risk and health behavior, and influence access to treatment. Upon completion, students will have a greater understanding of why, despite modern medical advancements, diseases and epidemics prove so challenging to prevent, particularly when they disproportionately affect the most marginalized people in society.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Open to students at 3rd year and above
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences