SOC7320

Health Inequalities in a Global Context

Prerequisite: Postgraduate standing

Globalization greatly affects the socioeconomic-political context of health, shaping the understanding of health, social distribution of health and diseases, and delivery of health care. Today, health is acknowledged as a complex global issue, cutting across national boundaries. Many determinants of health operate at a global level; many national policies, social practices, and individual health behaviors are structured by global forces. This course adopts a sociological lens, while also drawing upon research findings from other academic disciplines, to critically examine how structural and cultural forces and major institutional players produce and maintain health inequalities in a globalizing world at the micro and macro levels. Selected global health issues will be discussed with case studies.