Tags: Anthropology, Social science

York University
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Department of Social Science

AP/SOSC 2110 6.0 A Critical Study of Health & Society

Fall/Winter 2012-2013

Course Outline

Course Instructor:

Megan Davies (Director)
736-2100 ext. 33812
Ross South 704A Course consultation hours: by appointment

Time & Location:

Lecture: Thursday 4:30-6:30 Room: TEL 0001
Tutorial 1:Friday 10:30-11:30 Room: CC 106
Tutorial 2:Thursday 6:30-7:30 Room: ACW 205
Tutorial 3:Wednesday 10:30-11:30 Room: HNE 104
Tutorial 4: Friday 11:30-12:30 Room: CC 106
Tutorial 5:Thursday 6:30-7:30 Room: ACE 012
Tutorial 6: Thursday 7:30-8:30 Room: ACE 012

Expanded Course Description:

In this course we explore the idea of health, not as a monolithic system, but as a set of beliefs and practices that have been negotiated and debated over time. The course readings and lecture material are interdisciplinary, drawing on anthropology, sociology, human geography and history. Students are encouraged to make links between their own lives and experiences and the material covered in the course.

The course is divided into three sections. The first section is theoretical, including an overview of the history of western medicine and situating its development within the contexts of professional, institutional and technological evolution, gender, race and the global context of imperial expansion. Employing the concept of medical pluralism in the second section of the course, we then look at non-Western and alternative health systems as a comparison and a complement to mainstream Western biomedicine. The third section of the course deals with the practice of health, covering health in the global context, state health care in Canada, and specific health issues which are currently the subject of discussion in the field of health care.

Weekly lectures will be...
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