Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

HS408
Health and Social Theory: Health, Illness and Medicine as Culture
0.5 Credit

Knowledge about health, illness and medicine are central to the definition of self in Western society. This course uses contemporary theories to explore a variety of health issues in order to develop a socio-cultural understanding of the role of medicine and the healthcare system in the Western world. Topics may include: power relations and the medical encounter, representations of medicine and illness in popular culture, lay perspectives on illness and health, and the connection between health theory and health care service delivery.

Additional Course Information
Prerequisites
HS200, HS322 and registration status: Year 4 Health Studies or Year 4 Health Administration.
Notes
3 lecture hours

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision March 3, 2011: HS408 New course; effective September 1, 2011.