Announcing a new stand alone graduate-level course Psychology 599 – WINTER 2011
The seminar on the Social Context of Health Across the Lifespan will consider the scientific research on human relationships and physical health and psychological well-being at different ages. We will examine ways in which our relationships with others are intricately intertwined with many aspects of our health across the lifespan. We will also discuss the current literature related to social relations and occurrence of, and coping with, some chronic conditions (e.g., cancer, heart disease, arthritis) and the relationship of social relations to prevention of illness. Throughout the course we will consider issues of gender, race/ethnicity and other social categories that interact with social relations and health in adulthood, particularly through evidence regarding health disparities. Students will write short reaction papers, present material for discussion once during the term, and submit a term paper that reviews related material and presents the design of a study that would address an unanswered question relevant to the topic.
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