cod. 1010926

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - Second semester
Stefania FUCCI
Academic discipline
Sociologia generale (SPS/07)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- know the main approaches to the sociology of health (at micro, meso and macro level), its key concepts and the factors that can influence health and illness (especially social, economic and contextual factors);
- analyse with a critical approach and with properties of language the main issues related to health in both an individual and collective sense;
- apply the theoretical competences acquired during the course to the design and/or management of interventions at the socio-health level


This course does not require special prerequisites

Course unit content

The course will be organized in two parts:
• in the first part, starting from the relation between health and society, the main micro-, meso- and macrosociological approaches to the study of health and illness will be analysed.
• in the second part of the course, starting with a few key concepts, some issues characterising the sociology of health and medicine in recent years will be explored and discussed together (including the doctor-patient relationship and the centrality of patient participation in health decisions, the medicalisation process, the health inequalities, the public health and the global health, etc.).

Full programme

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Cardano, M., Giarelli, G., Vicarelli, G., (eds.), (2020), Sociologia della salute e della medicina, Bologna, Il Mulino (capp. I, II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIV, XV)

Teaching methods

Teaching activities will take place in presence and it will be conducted mostly with lectures in the first part of the course, in any case by promoting the exchanges and the discussions with the students. The second part of the course will alternate lectures with discussions on topics and researches, exercises and group work. During the lectures, slides will be projected and materials for discussion will be distributed. All materials will be made available on the Elly platform, also used for communications and notices
Students are warned that it is forbidden to disseminate course materials (slides) and notes associated with the lecturer's name outside Unipr.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be written and will focus on the handbooks. In particular, it will composed by 3 open-ended questions with no space limits (time available: 90 minutes). The questions are open and general, and have the aim to assess not only the notions acquired by students, but also their critical thinking skills and the ability of interconnection between various topics under study. Each question will be marked from 0 to 30. The final mark will be the average of the marks achieved in each question.

Other information

The lecturer is always available for clarifications on both lesson and the content and organisation of the classes (timetable, materials to be studied, examination procedures, etc.). The office hours for A.Y. 2023-2024 are normally on Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. and can be in person or via Teams platform. In any case, all students are invited to send an email to the lecturer in advance to make an appointment (in person or online). It is also possible to make an appointment on other days and/or times if students have problems on the day and/or time of weekly office hours.