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Course Code: 
SOC 425
Course Type: 
Area Elective
Laboratuvar Saati: 
Course Language: 
Course Objectives: 
This course aims to provide, different perspectives of medical issues according to sociological approach for sociology students. To present how social science interprets concepts of health, sickness, illness and disease. To show how community bound symptoms can vary from culture to culture. To discuss all health problems are universal or cultural and how sociology describes medical phenomenon by theoretically and methodologically.
Course Content: 

To explain that What is medical sociology? What is the relationships between social science and medical? Why we need to be explain some concepts according to perspectives of medical sociology? The meaning of symptoms: cultural bound symptoms, the personal and social meaning of illness,  the stigma and shame of illness,   What is the positioning of medical doctors for patients and caregivers; Doctor-Patient relations, patients associations, Biological Citizenship, Medicalized Selves, Biopolitics. 

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Attendance and class participation, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
To emphasize social patterns of health. 1,2,3,4,6,7,9 1,2,3 A,B,C
To investigate how human behavior that lives in a society is affected by own cultural health patterns 2,3,5,8,9,10 1,2,3 A,B,C
To discuss case studies about how cultural phenomenon affects human and public health. 1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10 1,2,3 A,B,C
To understand importance of health that is constructed within culture structure by human society. 1,2,3,6,9,10 1,2,3 A,B,C
To examine universal definition of health “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being” culturally. 1,2,3,6,9,10 1,2,3 A,B,C
To realize interaction between items of social system and health system basically; get into the level of knowledge, skills and attitudes 1,2,3,6,9,10 1,2,3 A,B,C

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to Medical Sociology: What is medical sociology? What is relationship between social science and medical science?  
2 Concepts of disease and sickness, The Meaning of Symptoms and Disorders: Illness and Disease  Turner, S. B. (part 2) Kleinman, A.  (3-30)
3 Biological Citizens Petryna A. (Chapter 5: 115 -143).Rose, N. (131-154)
4 Biopolitics Foucault, M., Rose, N.
5 Palliative Care and Illness Narratives Guest: Gizem Araci (Palliative Care Expert)
6 Health and Gender “Voices of The Women’s Health Movement” …
7 Mid Term Exam  
8 Inequalities in Health  
9 HIV-AIDS “”I am because we are” film documentary
10 Madness Erving Goffman, Laing, R. D., Foucault Readers
11 HIV-AIDS “”I am because we are” Film
12 HIV-AIDS “”I am because we are”  
13 HIV-AIDS “”I am because we are”  
14 Ethics in Medical Sociology – rights of patients  
15 Discussion  
16 Final Exam  

Recommended Sources

Textbook Course pack consisting of selected books, articles and books.
Additional Resources -        Rose, N. (2007). The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Princeton University Press.

-        Petryna, A. (2002). Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobly. U.K.: Princeton University Press.

-        Mattingly, C., Garro, C. L. (editors; 2004) Narrative and The Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing. Berkeley. University of Caifornia Press.

-        Kleinman, A. (2004). The Illness Narratives: Suffering Healing&The Human Condition. USA. Dell Publishing Group.

-        Özbay, C., Terzioğlu, A. ve Yasin Y. (2011). Neoliberalizm ve Mahremiyet: Türkiye’de Beden, Sağlık ve Cinsellik. İstanbul: Metis Yayınları.

-        Laing, R. D. (1988) The divided self : an existential study in sanity and madness.Harmondsworth : Penguin Books.

Turner, S. B. (1995). Medical power and social knowledge. London ; Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications.  

Material Sharing

Documents Books, Articles, Book Chapters
Exams Mid-term and Final Exam


Midterm 1 100
Quiz 0 0
Presentation 0 0
Total   100
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 60
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade   40
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5  
1 To raise individuals who are proficient in research methods in social sciences, and competent in carrying out sociological research. ,         X  
2 To raise individuals who develop an interdisciplinary perspective by way of taking courses not only in the field of sociology but also those offered by different faculty and departments.         X  
3 To raise individuals who have a firm grasp of the main topics and issues of the society in Turkey,         X  
4 To raise social scientists who are competent in “sociology of organizations and institutions”, one of the major areas of sociology,         X  
5 To raise social scientists who are competent in “political sociology and social change”, one of the major areas of sociology,         X  
6 To raise social scientists who are competent in “social inequalities/stratification”, one of the major areas of sociology,         X  
7 To raise social scientists who are competent in  “culture and society”, one of the major areas of sociology,         X  
8 To raise social scientists who have a command of the history of and the theories in social sciences,         X  
9 To raise individuals who have the skill of expressing themselves well, verbally and in writing, and who are knowledgeable in the main requirements of academic writing,       X    
10 To raise individuals who are capable of developing projects in different parts of the world, working for international organizations.        





Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 3 42
Mid-terms 1 14 14
Quiz 0 0 0
Homework 0 0 0
Final examination 1 18 18
Total Work Load     122
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     4,88
ECTS Credit of the Course     5