Major - Health and the Family

SOCI 3186  Health and the Family


Any 18 credits completed


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




This course will introduce students to the important role of the family in health care. It will begin with an overview of major sociological approaches to the family and how these can improve our understanding of changes and trends in the family structure. Building on this foundation, the course will go on to explore the family as one of the institutional contexts for health in modern society. Specific topics include: the role of the family in providing supportive health care; the family as a source of social support; and how family issues, such as domestic violence, child abuse, and relationship dissolution relate to health care. Finally, the course will explore the implications of an aging family system for the health care system in Canada.

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