Medical Sociology Course List

Select 3 hours from the following List of courses:

SOC135  Human Sexuality
Social basis of sexual interaction; sexuality related to daily life, attitudes, contraceptive use, and fertility and fecundity; sex role controversies; relation to institutions such as family, religion, medicine and education; social definitions as determinants of behavior


SOC 220  Sociology of Gender
Presumed biological differences; socialization differences of females and males; positions in and treatment by major institutions such as education, religion and economy; influence of gender labeling on development and lives of both sexes.


SOC 240  Family Conflict and Violence
Origins, manifestations, effects, controls, and rehabilitation aspects of family conflict and violence.


SOC250  Race and Ethnic Relations
Various racial and ethnic groups, with emphasis on theory and research on inter-group relations, internal structure, culture,  and experiences of ethnic groups.


SOC 280  Health and Society
Sociocultural definitions and responses to sickness; organization of health and medical institutions; health professionals; history of and social change in health-care delivery in U.S.


SOC 283  The Sociology of Mental Health
Nature of mental illness, public attitudes toward it, and explanations of mental health using medical and sociocultural approaches. Major therapies used to treat mental illness: psychotherapy, behavior modification, chemotherapy, somatic therapy, and changing treatment setting and public attitudes.


SOC285   Introduction Aging  
Aging experience in modern world.  Theories of aging, dimensions of aging, everyday concerns with aging, and future prospects of aging.


SOC 370  Population Problems
Scope and method of population analysis; analysis of growth, distribution of characteristics, and changes of population of U.S.; impact of changes in population structure on American and world society.


SOC 383  Drugs and Society
Early and continuing use of plant-derived hallucinogens in various societies; psychological and biological reasons for taking drugs; substance abuse and its consequences for society.


SOC 385  Social Psychology of Aging
Behavioral and structural relationships of aged population in America. Aging and interpersonal behavior, aging and social structure, and aging and social intervention.


SOC 415  Social Stratification
Inequality of wealth, prestige, and power distribution examined as caste-class differences; effect of stratification on individuals and their behavior, lifestyle, and life chances.


SOC 455  Minority Aging
Cross racial/ethnic exploration on national level of special problems of minority aged groups such as Latinos, Blacks, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Pacific Asians and American Indians.  Family, church, health care, housing, adult education, retirement,  income, and recreation.


SOC 456  Death and Dying
Death, dying, and bereavement from sociological and social psychological perspectives. Social significance of death as human existential phenomenon.


SOC 469 Sociology of Aging
How roles and statuses change with age in relation to major social institutions; adjustment people make to changes.  Aging population’s impact on society and effect of society on aging.


SOC 472  Homelessness: Causes and Consequences
Current problems of homelessness in U.S. history, health, mental health, poverty, public attitudes, and government policy.


SOC 480  Medical Sociology
Critical evaluation of medical care system and health policy; social consequences of current health issues; social causes of health and illness; alternative practitioners and self-help groups.


ANTH 380  Anthropology and the Health Professional
Anthropological theory and practice relevant to health care professions in medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, etc. Anthropological perspectives on practice of health care and practical applications of anthropology in providing health care to culturally diverse people.


ANTH 435  Ethnomedicine & Ethnopsychiatry
Approaches and contributions of anthropology to study of health, sickness, and healing. Physical environment and human adaptations as key determinants of health systems; culturally defined concepts of sickness, health, and healing; healing as social and physiological activity. Topics may include life stages, medical knowledge among different human groups, impact of culture contact on medical systems, ecological balance and population control, cultural definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior, healers, health and supernatural, social roles of sick, and illness and social control.


PY 218  Abnormal Psychology
Research-oriented study of different types of maladaptive behavior, including symptoms, development, classification, and treatment.


PY 305  Medical Psychology
Psychological methods applied to health problems. Development of medical problems, psychological/behavioral treatment of medical disorders, prevention of disease, and promotion of health.