Aging and Health

Illness and health care utilization among the elderly, comparison to other populations, gender and race differences, medicare and medicaid, individual adjustment to aging and illness, social support for sick elderly, the decision to institutionalize, policy debate over euthanasia. Required participation in service learning. One course.

Sociology of Immigration and Health

An in-depth exploration of how global migration processes impact population health with particular attention to the social determinants of health. Course focuses on different immigrant groups in U.S. as well as refugee and migrant labor populations in other parts of the world, namely Middle East. Descriptive assessments of immigrant health inequalities and analytic examinations of mechanisms that contribute to disparities will be covered. Readings selected from sociological and medical writings; no prerequisites required. One course.

Medical Sociology

Interface between sociology and health-related issues. Analysis of macro, mezzo, and micro perspectives as they apply to health and illness. Examination of the social and cultural context in which health care in the United States is delivered, particularly in terms of racial and age disparities, as well as disparities in rural and urban healthcare settings.

Gender, Work, and Organizations

Research and theories on gender issues in the work organization. The socio-historical causes of gender segregation in the workplace and the contemporary consequences for wages and occupational status. Organizational and governmental work and family policies. Case studies of specific work organizations with gender-related problems are utilized in group projects and presentations. One course.

The Challenges of Development

Diverse perspectives on economic development and theories concerning the role of transnational corporations and international financial institutions (for example, World Bank) in developing nations, assessed with the aid of sociological and economic data. Comparison of different countries and world regions in terms of their historical trajectories, development strategies and current challenges in economic and social development, broadly conceived in terms of material circumstances, political economies, and quality of life. One course.