Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Introduction to medical Humanities - SCIENZE UMANE

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Name of lecturer
Cristina Lonardi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
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Lezioni 1° semestre 2°- 6° anno dal Oct 2, 2017 al Dec 21, 2017.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce students of medicine to the approaches adopted by social sciences in the study of health, disease and medicine. The course also aims to offer a broad look at the topics in question, to guide participants to consider that health and illness are issues that can be read in different cultural matrices and from both microsocial and microsocial viewpoints.


Health models/paradigms in Sociology (capacity to fulfill social roles and disease as deviance, health as inequality, subjectivity perspective, health as adaptation and Disability Paradox, Health Related Stigma).
Socio-anthropological dimensions of health: Disease / Illness / Sickness
Social determinants of health
Interactions between culture and health and between culture and illness.
(Some topics will only be present in the slides used in lessons and not among the bibliography).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lonardi C. Diseguaglianze sociali di salute: lo stigma «Salute e società» , vol. x, n. 3 2011 Franco Angeli 2011 Si tratta di un articolo inserito in una rivista scientifica.
Lonardi C. Salute, in (a cura di) Cipolla C., I concetti fondamentali del sapere sociologico Franco Angeli 2011 Si tratta di un capitolo di libro.
Editoriale What is health? The ability to adapt, The Lancet, 373: 781. 2009 Editoriale-articolo su rivista scientifica

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be written. The test will consist of pre-arranged questions and questions with short open / narrative responses. The questions will be relevant to the topics of the lessons and texts indicated in the program. The review looks at: the understanding of the main concepts dealt with in the course; the ability to critically analyze the themes proposed in lesson.


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