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Sociology lecture 1 (1)


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Sociology lecture 1 (1)

  1. 1. Stephen Hansell, Ph.D. Department of SociologyInstitute for Health Research 609-203-2830
  2. 2. 920:210Sociology of Medicine and
  3. 3. Class 1 - Introduction
  4. 4. I. My BackgroundA. Background 1. Ph.D. at University of Chicago 2. Postdoctoral Fellowship 3. Educational Sociology 4. Medical SociologyB. Current research 1. Managed care and psychiatric treatment of children and adolescents
  5. 5. II. How to reach meA. Talk to me after classB. E-mail: shansell@rci.rutgers.eduD. Office: Davison 101A, Douglass campusE. Office Hours: Monday & Thursday, 1-3E. Cell Phone: 609-203-2830F. office phone : 732 932 6467
  6. 6. III. Three required examsA. Multiple choiceB. Not cumulativeC. Questions from book and lecture (20 from each)D. Essay makeupsE. No extra creditF. Course grades based on a curve 1. 30% As 2. 30% Bs 3. 30% Cs
  7. 7. NOT AN EASY A
  8. 8. IV. Required bookA. Medical Sociology, 11th ed., by William C. Cockerham, Prentice Hall, 2010 Available at New Jersey Books, Easton Ave., New Brunswick You must buy this book to pass the course.
  9. 9. V. GENERALA. You are responsible for all material in the book, and all material presented in classB. You must attend every class to do wellC. Please turn-off cell phones, pagers, music, and wireless devices during classD. Please stay for the whole class (e.g. don’t walk out in the middle of class)E. Cheating will not be tolerated
  10. 10. VI. SCHEDULESCHEDULEDates Topic9/2 Introduction9/8,9/9 Concepts of health and illness9/13,9/16 Epidemiology9/20,9/23 Epidemiology9/27,9/30 Personality and diseaseExam1 - Monday 10/49:50-11:10am Scott 135
  11. 11. 9/7,9/11 Social factors and disease9/14,9/18 Social factors and disease9/21 Healing options9/25,9/28 Health care providers11/1,11/4 Health careprovidersExam2 – Monday 11/89:50-11:10am Scott 135
  12. 12. 11/11,11/15 Organization of health care11/18,11/29 Economics of health care12/2,12/6 Medical care systems12/9,12/13 Medical care systemsExam3 – Thursday 12/238-9:20am, Scott 135
  13. 13. VIII. What is medical sociology?A. Who gets sick and why? 1. Illness and death are not evenly distributed in the population a) People with higher education live longer - Knowledge hypothesis (people with higher education live longer than people with lower education) - Motivation hypothesis (college graduates have a higher standard of living and have more motivation to stay healthy and so they exercise and stuff more) - Health behavior hypothesis - Genetic hypothesis (if ur parents went to college there is more chance the kids will go to college too and will be healthier)
  14. 14. b) Freshmen living in dormitories have 3 times greater risk of getting meningitis than other college students a) Crowding hypothesis (freshmen live in over crowded housing arrangements) b) Lack of immunity hypothesis ( - More information: being a social being is about exchanging spit and it transmits most diseases meningitis = very rare. 0.7 per 100,000 – freshmen 5/ 100,000
  15. 15. B. What kinds of health care do people get? 1. US medical science is the best in the world 2. But not all US citizens have access to health care a) Poor people, children, mentally ill, others without insurance such as new college grads – (young people can continue being covered under the parents plan until 26 yrs old) –
  16. 16. C. Explode medical care myths 1. US citizens are not the healthiest people in the world (us is 25th in the list of lifespan, we are 28th in the rate of infant mortality. All the european countries have lower mortality except italy. CHallenge= we are the most diverse countries in the world) 2. Medical hoaxes 3. deodrents do not cause cancer 4. tampons are not infected with asbestos 5. banana peals are not contaminated with bacteria 6. there are no deadly toilet spiders
  17. 17. Stephen Hansell, Ph.D. Department of SociologyInstitute for Health Research 609-203-2830