RSO-33806 Advanced Sociology of Body and Health


Credits 6.00

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This course considers how sociological theories conceptualize and explain bodies and (bodily) health. By discussing classical and modern sociological theories as well as the result of current research, the aim is to develop a critical understanding of the interrelationships between health, society and health care.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain, summarize and apply knowledge of various sociological theories on bodily health;
- assess and critique (indicating strengths and weaknesses) various sociological theories on bodily health.


literature study; tutorials for discussion of literature; group assignment.


- group assignment (25%);
- written exam with open questions (75%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Shilling c. (2012), The body and social theory, London: Sage publications, 3rd ed., ISBN 978-0-85702-533-3.