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Social and Political Forces in Health

Course Number
5100 (Social and Behavioural Health Science)
Course Instructor(s)
Amaya Perez-​Brumer

Course Description

  • The underlying premise of this course is that health care systems do not develop in a vacuum, that is, they can only be understood in terms of the (always) historically contingent social, political and economic context within which they emerge and exist. In other words, health care systems are social systems within larger social systems.
  • The course will consist of weekly three-hour seminars at which summary critiqueparticipants will take turns in leading the group in 1) a close reading of and 2) a discussion of the required texts.

Course Objectives

  • The purpose of the course is to explore theoretically some of the major factors and forces influencing the development and nature of health care systems.