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Sociology of Health

Code 13150
Year 3
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements not applicable
Mode of delivery Attendance
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes To provide an introduction to the sociological analysis of health, illness and medicine.
To provide an overview of the main links between health, medicine and society, with special focun on the analysis of portuguese society. By the end of the CU, students should be able to:
Understand and use the sociological perspective in the analysis of health, illness and medicine;
Criticize the biomedical model;
Understand the social construction of illness and the ways it influences the perception and experience of illness;
Critically analyse the progressive medicalization of life and recognize the social implications of this process;
Outline the contexts of the emergence of the NHS, analyse the impacts of health policies and characterize its current situation;
Recognize the specificity of health organizations and identify the professional strategies occurring within;
Identify and participate in some of the current debates around health, illness and medicine.
Syllabus I – Health, Illness and medicine in the context of sociology
1 – Social construction of illness
2 – Biomedical model of disease and its critics
3 - From medical sociology to sociology of health and illness
4.1 – Theoretical approaches and levels of analysis
5 – Contributions of the sociology of the body

II - The state and health policies
1 – Health in the context of the welfare state
2 – The impact of the health policies
3 – The NHS
4 – Future orientations of health policies

III – Health organizations and health professionals
1 – The sociological specificity of health organizations
2 – Hospital’s organizational models
3 – Medical professionals: knowledge; power and strategies
Main Bibliography AUGÉ, M.; HERZLICH, C. (1995) The Meaning of Illness, Harwood
CARAPINHEIRO, G. (1986) “A saúde no contexto da sociologia”, Sociologia- Problemas e Práticas, nº 1, pp. 9-22
CARAPINHEIRO, G. (1993) Saberes e Poderes no Hospital. Uma Sociologia dos Serviços Hospitalares, Porto, Afrontamento
FOUCAULT, M. (1991) El Nascimiento de la Clínica, Madrid, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 14ªed
PATRICK, D.; SCAMBLER, G. (1986) Sociology as Applied to medicine, Eastbourne,Balliére
PETERSEN, A.; WADDELL, C. (eds) Health Matters, Buckingham, Open University Press
SCAMBLER, G. (ed) (1987) Sociological Theory and Medical Sociology, Londres, Tavistock
STACEY, M.; HOMANS, H. (1978) “The sociology of health and ilness”, Sociology, 12, pp. 281 – 307
TUCKETT, D.; KAUFERT, J. (eds) (1978) Basic Readings in Medical Sociology,Londres, Tavistock
TURNER, B. S. (1987) Medical Power and Social Knowledge, Londres, Sage
TURNER, B. S. (1992) Regulating Bodies, Londres, Routledge

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Oriented discussion in the introduction to the syllabus contents; theories and concepts exposition; analysis and discussion of texts (textbooks excerpts and papers); The evaluation: a) one written test (60%); b) group works, presented and discussed in the classroom (30%); c) students’ participation, namely in the analysis and discussion of texts (10%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-04-08

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