Introduction to Social Medicine II
King's College London
Area of Study
Global Health, Public Health
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule description: Our introductory modules on social medicine introduce students to the changing nature of modern medicine in Europe and the United States. They examine the emergence and evolution of modern medicine and its key actors and institutions as well as discourses and practices. They show how health and disease are shaped by social, cultural, political, and technological forces and inextricably linked with questions of science, technology, modernity, religion, colonialism, capitalism, racism, globalization, humanitarianism, and the state.Our focus in this module is on recent developments towards the pharmaceuticalization of health, the molecularization of life, the commodification of the body, the privatization of medical care, and the securitization of public health. These developments have fundamentally transformed today?s landscape of therapeutic governance in fundamental ways.AimsTo introduce students to the social study of medicine.To provide students with an understanding of the most important actors and institutions as well as discourses and practices that are characteristic of modern medicine.To provide students with an understanding of the social, cultural, political, and technological forces that are shaping modern medicine.To offer students the possibility to explore how questions of health and disease are linked with questions of science, technology, modernity, capitalism, and globalization.To demonstrate the value of social scientific approaches to medicine.To provide insights into the empirical, methodological, and epistemological debates in the social study of medicine.Course outline (second semester)1. Introduction ? The Changing Landscape of Therapeutic Governance2. The Pharmaceuticalization of Health I: Drugs and the Definition of Disease3. The Pharmaceuticalization of Health II: Capitalism and Consumerism4. The Molecularization of Life I: From Genetics to Molecular Biology5. The Molecularization of Life II: The Human Genome and the Dream of Personalized Medicine6. The Commodification of the Body I: Fragmentation and the Boundaries of the Body7. The Commodification of the Body II: Intellectual Property Rights and the Body8. The Privatization of Medical Care9. The Securitization of Public Health10. Revision LectureStudy abroad entry requirement: This module is ONLY available to independent and UNC-Chapel Hill Study Abroad Students.This module MUST be taken along side Introduction To Global Health 2.Credit level: 4Credit value: 15Assessment: coursework
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