Socio-cultural Aspects of Health and the Body

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 2205
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course explores health and the body from a socio-cultural perspective. Social, economic, political and cultural conditions are examined for ways they impact interconnected health dimensions. Particular attention is given to social determinants of health, Canada's health care system, and social constructions of health and the body. Hands-on opportunities to conduct qualitative research within the context of health and society will be provided. Students will explore the social context of their own health experiences as well as constructions of health within the context of sport, exercise, and physical activity.
Course Content

Course Content:
1. Sociological imagination in exploring health and the body in broader historical, social and political contexts

2. Sociological theories exploring health and the body

3. Social structures, institutions and discourses influencing health and health inequities
3.1. Canada’s Health Care System

4. Understanding health
4.1. Historical and contemporary models of health
4.2. Experiences of health & illness (health discourses, health as cultural expression)
4.3. Dimensions of health and wellness

5. Social conditions influencing health and health inequities (economic, political, social, cultural)
5.1. Social determinants of health
5.2. Media as a social institution impacting health

6. Social constructions of health and the body
6.1. Healthy bodies
6.2. Gendered bodies and health
6.3. Racialized bodies and health
6.4. Healthy, aging bodies
6.5. Dis/ability and bodies
6.6. Digital health technologies (wearables; apps; digital fitness culture)

7. Researching health using qualitative methods

Methods Of Instruction

Methods of instruction may include some or all of the following:

  • Lecture
  • Tutorials
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Case studies
  • Research studies (participant observation, interviews, autoethnography)
  • Debates
  • Online activities
Means of Assessment

Means of Assessment:
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation may include the following:

 

Individual research activity 0-25%
Group research project 0-25%
Contemporary case analysis 0-20%
Quizzes 0-20%
Tests (midterm &/or final) 0-30%
Contribution & Participation 0-10%
Total 100%

 

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students will:
1. Deepen their understanding of the tenets and theories related to sociology
2. Understand and critically discuss social dynamics influencing the field of physical activity, the body, and 
health.
3. Develop and apply skills of critical inquiry in study of sport, health, and the body
4. Further develop written and oral expression of ideas (literacy)
5. Explore and apply research skills (research literacy)

On completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Identify and apply sociological theories and models of health to understand health-related situations

2. Critically assess and discuss the complex ways social, political, economic and cultural conditions impact the health of individuals and communities.

3. Identify and critically discuss the relationship between social determinants and health inequities.

4. Identify health dimensions and wellness (e.g., physical, social, emotional, mental, spiritual) and explain how they are interrelated as well as impacted by the social conditions in which we live.

5. Critically discuss the Canadian health care system and its impact on individual and community health.

6. Critically discuss how the body is shaped by the social and cultural conditions in which we live.

7. Critically discuss and assess how the cultural beliefs and social practices of sport, exercise and physical activity shape our experiences and understandings of health and “healthy” bodies. 

8. Apply research literacy skills of interpretation, synthesis, and application of peer-reviewed, health-related research studies.

9. Explore qualitative research methods such as participant observation, interview, autoethnography, and content analysis.

10. Demonstrate clarity of written and oral expression (literacy).

 

Textbook Materials
Reading package and textbooks will be made available through the bookstore.
Additional readings are available through the Douglas College Library

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. Example textbooks and materials may include: 

Research-based journal articles available through the Douglas College Library (online); Research-based book chapters (linked online).

Requisites

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) AU SOCI 2XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO SPMA 140 (3) 2013/01/01 to 2015/04/30
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU HKIN 261 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOCI 2XXX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG KINS 2261 (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG HKIN 2261 (3) 2005/01/01 to 2013/08/31
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) No credit 2013/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC EXW 1XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU KIN 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2013/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BPK 1XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 195 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2014/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 325 (3) 2020/05/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 325 (3), Only one of DOUG SPSC 2205 or DOUG SPSC 2281 can transfer as TWU HKIN 325 2014/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 325 (3), Only one of DOUG SPSC 2205 or DOUG SPSC 2281 can transfer as TWU HKIN 325 2014/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO HMKN 102 (3) 2005/09/01 to 2016/08/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO HMKN 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to 2005/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 261 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC SOSC 2XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC UNSP 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2013/08/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KIN 261 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 347 (1.5) 2013/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 244 (1.5) 2008/05/01 to 2013/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PE 244 (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2008/04/30
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU PHED 260 (3) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
12910
Mon Wed
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Lake
Robert
Open
Online
SPSC 2205 001 - Registration is restricted to Sport Science & Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching students until November 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM.

This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
13643
Tue Thu
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Silvey
Dustin
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
12:30 - 14:20