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Sociology (SOC)

SOC 532 Global Health and Mortality (3) Major issues in international health from a demographic perspective; special attention to the Global South and to data quality.

SOC 532 Global Health and Mortality (3)

This course provides a broad exploration of the principal health problems of the world's populations, focusing on the health situation in the developing world (also referred to as the “Global South” or the “Two-Thirds World”). In particular, it investigates questions of cross-national and sub-national inequalities in mortality and morbidity (i.e., illness). Specific inquiries into the role of infectious disease, chronic disease, war, and violence are at the center of course readings and analyses. Understanding the historical trends in and theoretical perspectives on health and mortality will help students link particular epidemiological and demographic phenomena to broader cultural questions. Students will complete data quality assessment and measurement exercises in service of the course aim of training students to produce original, relevant, and high-quality research on global population issues.

This course has an interdisciplinary focus. It considers research from demography, sociology, public health, epidemiology, and medical anthropology and builds an awareness of population processes, especially in relation to the analysis and measurement of health dynamics from a population perspective. Research contributions require students to apply traditional demographic techniques to the global population phenomena of their choosing.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: SOC 573

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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