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Teaching and Re-Imagining the Role of Medical Sociology in South Africa During COVID-19: A Reflection

Teaching and Re-Imagining the Role of Medical Sociology in South Africa During COVID-19: A Reflection
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Author(s): Chinwe Obuaku-Igwe (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 20
Source title: Strategies for Student Support During a Global Crisis
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jeffrey D. Herron (Campbellsville University, USA) and Taurean Douglas (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7000-5.ch011

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Abstract

The outbreak of COVID-19 of the SARS-COV virus family took the world by storm beginning February 2020 and became an international health crisis. Due to its unknown origins and manner of transmission, the South African government implemented lockdown measures to curtail the spread of the virus in March. These measures led to the closure of businesses across the country and sectors, including schools. The closure of schools resulted in the migration to online learning for most institutions of higher learning in South Africa. It brings with it challenges, opportunities for innovation, and reimagining pedagogical approaches, particularly in low resource settings. This chapter reflects on the nature and extent of the author's engagement with students enrolled in a health and medical sociology course during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa. Here, they reflect on the challenges encountered while moving a course that was designed to be delivered in person (face-to-face) to an online environment.

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