RSO-12806 Sociology and Anthropology of Health

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lectures12
Tutorial24
Self-study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. BB Bock
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. BB Bock
Examiner(s)dr. ir. BB Bock

Language of instruction:

Dutch

Contents:

The scope of medical anthropology, culture and subculture, among others;
- professional and folk sectors of health care;
- the doctor-patient interaction;
- cultural meaning of pain and drugs, and rituals concerning illness and misfortune;
- gender, health and healthcare;
- social-cultural meanings of food, nutrition patterns and methods of preparation;
- interviewing and constructing a questionnaire;
- the relationships between cultures and health.

Learning outcomes:

After having followed this course, students are expected to:
- have knowledge of the concept of culture, as used in medical anthropology and medical sociology;
- have insight in the ways how culture gives meaning to health and illness in both the western world and in developing countries;
- be able to apply this knowledge by conducting a field research and by reporting the findings.

Activities:

- attending lectures;
- literature study;
- participation in working couples/group;
- interviewpracticum;
- field work;
- writing and presenting a group paper.

Examination:

Written exam, and evaluation of the final report and assignments.

Literature:

Dr C.W. Aakster, Dr J.W. Groothoff (redactie) - 'Medische sociology, sociologische perspectieven op ziekte en zorg' zesde druk Wolters-Noordhof, Groningen/Houten, scientific articles via EDUweb.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc6AF
MinorPeriod
Compulsory for: WUHESBSc Minor Health and Society6AF