Anthropology, Gender studies, Health policy, Health psychology, Medical sociology, Public health

This course is generously supported by a grant from INTAS for participants from NIS countries. More information about eligibility for INTAS funding.

Course date

18 July - 26 July, 2006
Application deadline:
15 February, 2006
Course Director(s): 

Adriana Baban

Babes Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Psychology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Gail Kligman

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

Nicky Hart

Department of Sociology, University of California Los Angeles, USA

Eva Fodor

Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria

Michele Rivkin-Fish

The Department of Anthropology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Irina Todorova

Health Psychology Research Center Sofia, Bulgaria

This course will examine various interrelations between health, gender, and inequality from multi-disciplinary perspectives including sociology, anthropology, psychology, and social medicine. The course will focus on the ways in which gender inequality is socially constructed and the important roles that social institutions, ideology, and cultural practices play in creating, perpetuating, and addressing gendered health issues. We will discuss issues of general global significance such as reproduction, sexuality, mental health and well-being, lifestyle, morbidity and mortality in comparative European contexts, with an emphasis on the post-socialist states. Classes will also consider the implications of poverty, labor markets and labor force discrimination on gender inequality and health. The course aims to move beyond a description of specific health problems to a critical analysis of women's and men's health in relation to their everyday lives, exploring how their embodied experiences are shaped by cultural beliefs and practices, social institutions, and social policies.