Medical Sociology

Medical Sociology

Course coordinator: Barbara Woźniak, PhD (


Anna Prokop-Dorner, PhD;

Tomasz Ocetkiewicz, PhD;

Barbara Woźniak, PhD;

Grzegorz Wójcik, PhD;

Examination: graded credit

Activities and hours: seminar; 30 hours

Teaching methods: case study, textual analysis, discussion, educational film, group work, multimedia presentation

Credit conditions:

1. Attendance on each class - absence is available only because of illness and should be confirmed by an appropriate medical leave. Each absence requires an oral/written credit the person leading classes.

2. Power Point presentation; to be prepared in groups of 2 students. Each presentation should consist of:

a. theoretical part – based on theoretical, sociological text provided by lecturer (approx. 20 min.)

b. empirical part – based on research: each person in the couple finds one article illustrating the theoretical part and presents it to the group (10 minutes per person)

c. conclusions + questions for discussion – each presenting group prepares 4 questions (two questions concerning the theoretical part of the presentation and one from each of two research-based parts)

Presentation is scored (15 points). Assessment of PP presentation:

5 p. – adequate summary of terms in the given article;

3 p. – additional sources, e.g. adequate data from other research illustrating article's terms;

4 p. – presentation skills (e.g. presenting in own words, not reading slides), visual traits of presentation, overall preparation to presentation

3 p. – critical, subjective thoughts concerning presented topic in conclusion part, critical thinking questions to the rest of the group.

3. Active participation in seminars (synchronous e-learning)  (max. 8 points) and group project preperation (asynchronous e-learning): (max. 7 points)

4. Written final exam (max. 30 points): the exam will have form of test consisting of multiple-choice questions, filling gaps, true/false questions as well as open questions with short answer. The exam will check the sociological knowledge acquired during course (comprising terms, phenomena and theories presented in articles for students' presentations).

Student's evaluation: Student may achieve maximum 60 points from the whole course: (1) PP presentation - max. 15 p. (25%) (2) Active participation during seminars and group project - max. 15 p. (25%) (3) Final exam - max. 30 p. (50%). In order to pass the course, student has to achieve 36 p., i.e. 60% of the maximum points.


36 p. – 40 p. (60% – 67%)  à 3,0

40,5 p. – 44,5 p. (68% - 74%) à 3,5

45 p. – 49 p. (75% - 82%) à 4,0

49,5 p. – 53,5 p. (83% - 89%) à 4,5

54 p. – 60 p. (90% - 100%) à 5,0







1. Understanding the Sociology of Health, A.M.Barry, C.Yuill (2016) 4th ed., SAGE Publications Ltd: London

2. Sociology as Applied to Medicine, (2005) G.Scambler (ed.), 5th ed., Palgrave: London


1. Cockerham C. William (2017), Medical Sociology, 14th ed., Routledge: New York

2. Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health (2013), 2nd ed., C. Aneshensel, J.Phelan, A. Bierman (eds.) Springer Netherlands