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  • Sociology
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    Apply the three major sociological perspectives to issues of health and illness


    OER Text Materials 

    Understanding and Changing the Social World, Section 18.1
    Section 1, while brief, provides a fine overview of the sociological perspective on health and is appropriate for an introduction to sociology course. The three major sociological perspectives are applied to health in a clear and concise way. Key sociological concepts, such as Parson’s sick role, are introduced throughout the theory section. There is a lack of material on the social construction of health and illness. Supplemental material should address this topic as it is important to understanding health from a sociological perspective.

    Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

    YouTube "Sick Role Presentation"

    A 4 minute video that describes the sick role.

    Relating Social Theories to Medicine – Khan Academy (video)
    Excellent ~10 minute video applying the three sociological paradigms to health and illness. It includes a good discussion of the social construction of health and illness.

    “On Good and Bad Forms of Medicalization” in Bioethics
    An interesting, but a bit challenging, article on medicalization. Medicalization is defined and a the medicalization of love is used as an illustration of how medicalization can be good and bad. It would generate great classroom discussion, but may need explained in a introductory course.