SOCn6103 Sociology of Medicine

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Eva Šlesingerová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Iva Šmídová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Iva Šmídová, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 10:00–11:40 U34
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Prerequisites (in Czech)
! NOW ( SOC589 Sociology of Medicine ) && ! SOC589 Sociology of Medicine
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 3/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Medical Sociology/Sociology of Health and Medicine explores concepts and questions related to health, illness/disease, medical treatment and healing, medical and health professions, med-pharma industry, ralationsiip of biomedicite to CAM. medicalisation. These are particularly targeted inb their relation to social and cultural institutions, norms and expectations. The goal of the course is to target a) lived experience and b) representations of medicine. Students learn about the history of the subdiscipline, core debates that have formed it and recent developments and trends shaping it today.
Learning outcomes
The graduates of this course are able to identify and summarize important events forming the subdiscipline of sociology of medicine and reflect their impact on the social practice. They will get acquianted and oriented withinh the core problems and trends targeted by current sociology of health and medicine and reflect major sources of conflict. They are competent to formulate relevant questions and analyse them in academic writing (essay) and critically reflect them in semminar debates targeting relations among actors, institutions and norms in the field of health, illness and medicine.
  • Medicine as social institution What is the Sociology of medicine? Illness as a metaphor, disease as a narrative, contagenous disseases Biopolotics, politics and the body Biopower and medicine Physicians, patients and the others Hegemonies in medicine - professional, gender etc. Birth and death in the perspectiove of sociology of health and illness Perinatal loss and reproductive medicine - case studies Biotechnologisation of the body and medicine, synthetic life, life engineering - case studies
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Zrození kliniky. Translated by Jan Havlíček - Čestmír Pelikán. Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2010. 244 s. ISBN 9788087378298. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Zrození biopolitiky : kurz na Collège de France (1978-1979). Edited by François Ewald - Alessandro Fontana - Michel Senellart, Translated by. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2009. 351 s. ISBN 9788073251819. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Slová a veci : archeológia humanitných vied. Translated by Miroslav Marcelli - Mária Marcelliová. 3. vyd. Bratislava: Kalligram, 2004. 396 s. ISBN 8071496642. info
  • RABINOW, Paul. Anthropos today : reflections on modern equipment. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2003. viii, 159. ISBN 0691115664. info
  • DREYFUS, Hubert L., Michel FOUCAULT and Paul RABINOW. Michel Foucault : za hranicemi strukturalismu a hermeneutiky. Translated by Jan Hasala - Lucie Nová - Stanislav Polášek - Pavel Toman. Praha: Herrmann & synové, 2002. 388 stran. ISBN 9788087054208. info
  • MARTIN, Emily. The woman in the body : a cultural analysis of reproduction : [with a new introduction]. Rev. ed. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001. xxx, 276. ISBN 9780807046456. info
  • SONTAG, Susan. Nemoc jako metafora ; AIDS a jeho metafory. Edited by Susan Sontag. Vyd. 1. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1997. 171 s. ISBN 8020405879. info
  • The imperative of healthpublic health and the regulated body. Edited by Deborah Lupton. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1997. 181 p. ISBN 9781446265840. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Dějiny šílenství : v době osvícenství : hledání historických kořenů pojmu duševní choroby. Translated by Věra Dvořáková. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 1994. 209 stran. ISBN 8071060852. info
  • LUPTON, Deborah. Medicine as culture : illness, disease and the body in western societies. London: SAGE Publications, 1994. 182 s. ISBN 0-8039-8924-5. info
  • OAKLEY, Ann. Essays on women, medicine and health. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1993. xii, 295. ISBN 0748604502. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, group projects, presentations by guest professionals in the sectors, home - reading, writing of analytical texts
Assessment methods
the course evaluation comprises of more tasks - presentations (15%), essay (50%), team work (25%), informed disussion in the class (based on home reading; 10%)
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
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