After reading chapter one and reviewing the PowerPoint, you should

After reading chapter one and reviewing the PowerPoint, you should complete the following tasks:  

Answer the following questions in complete sentences (5-7 sentence responses): 

  1. Why is the United States the last industrial country to adopt a national health care program? Which sociological perspective(s) best explains why public and political support for health care reform has been difficult to achieve?
  2. How is illness functional in society? What behavior is expected from someone who is sick? (‘The Sick Role’)
  3. Explain from a conflict perspective how health inequalities are shaped by conflict and competing interests between groups.
  4. In this exercise, you will listen to a podcast on medical history and answer questions about how it demonstrates the social construction of health and illness. The podcast, Sawbones, ( (Links to an external site.)) is a weekly show where a husband-and-wife team (she’s a medical doctor and he’s a comedian) discuss a variety of topics in medical history, often focusing on a particular disease or a particular treatment.
    1. First, choose one of the following episodes of Sawbones.
      1. Which social factors (class, race, gender, etc.) influenced the treatment or illness you studied? How?
      2. How did conceptions of morality or responsibility factor into the understanding of the illness or treatment? How does this reveal how health and illness are socially constructed?
      3. 3.  How did shared understandings of the disease affect public policy about         the disease or the afflicted?

Please use this link to upload your work. 

Assignment is due on Sunday May 22 by 11:59 pm. 

Worth 20 points. 

Note: Please only upload word docs or pdf files DO NOT SUBMIT ANY .PAGES FILES

Chapter Learning Objectives:

To read these particular portions of the chapter, please click on the links below and you will be taken to that section of the book. 

19.1 The Social Construction of Health

  • Define the term medical sociology
  • Understand the difference between the cultural meaning of illness, the social construction of illness, and the social construction of medical knowledge

19.2 Global Health

  • Define social epidemiology
  • Apply theories of social epidemiology to an understanding of global health issues
  • Understand the differences between high-income and low-income nations

19.3 Health in the United States

  • Understand how social epidemiology can be applied to health in the United States
  • Explain disparities of health based on gender, socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity
  • Give an overview of mental health and disability issues in the United States
  • Explain the terms stigma and medicalization

19.4 Comparative Health and Medicine

  • Explain the different types of health care available in the United States
  • Compare the health care system of the United States with that of other countries

19.5 Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Medicine

  • Apply functionalist, conflict theorist, and interactionist perspectives to health issues


For this week, you should review each section in the chapter reading and complete your chapter recap assignment and/or discussion board. You should also review all supplemental readings and/or videos that are provided for you in the module. Please remember that your responses for the chapter recap assignment should be approximately 5 to 7 sentences in length per question set (not individual questions). You should only upload word or pdf files (please DO NOT upload .pages files). Additionally, your discussion board responses are due on Friday (initial response to the discussion prompt) and Sunday (respond to at least TWO of your classmates posts). Your posts should also be approximately 5 to 7 sentences in length per question set (not individual questions). Please let me know if you have any questions concerns about the assignments. 


Please find the assignments rubric under the ‘Course Resources’ module here: Link

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