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Overcoming Disciplinary and Institutional Barriers: An Interdisciplinary Course in Economic and Sociological Perspectives on Health Issues

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  • Bruce H. Wade
  • Jack H. Stone

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The authors describe an interdisciplinary course team-taught by an economist and a sociologist. Historically mindful of the less than amicable relationship between these disciplines, these colleagues developed a course that attempted to illuminate the different perspectives of economics and sociology in relation to selected health themes. Such a course is either rare or unique. It served as a general social science (core) requirement and as a major elective for sociology majors. The article describes course mechanics, pedagogy and assessment, course content, and institutional barriers. In particular, the article highlights some of the unique problems that exist in offering such a course—problems that are either less severe or nonexistent in more traditional courses.

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  • Bruce H. Wade & Jack H. Stone, 2010. "Overcoming Disciplinary and Institutional Barriers: An Interdisciplinary Course in Economic and Sociological Perspectives on Health Issues," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(1), pages 71-84, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:41:y:2010:i:1:p:71-84 DOI: 10.1080/00220480903382198
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