Department of Sociology

SOC326 MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY

Course Code: 2320326
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Academic Staff ALİ ADNAN AKÇAY
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course aims to decipher medicine as the basic reference of ethic in the modern/postmodern era -as manifested, popularized and also guarded mainly by the advertisements on a societal un(der) conscious level.

Course Content

Deconstruction of medicine as the basic reference of ethics in the modern/postmodern era -as manifested, popularized and also guarded mainly by the advertisements on a societal un(der) conscious level. Body perception and the role of medicine in shaping it. Metaphoric uses of illnesses. Medicalization and social control. The transition from sin to sickness. Medicine and Foucauldian ‘gaze’. Critique of postmodern conjuncture: ‘Health without body, intelligence without mind’.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the learner will able to trace out the milestones in the development of medicine through a historical sketch beginning from antiquity till the foundation of Western medicine (or westernization of science). The learner will also be able to locate the function of the medicine both in industry and society.