David Andrew Skubby

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Sociology
Office location and address
Randall 120
130 Hospital Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

David Skubby joined the Sociology Department as Assistant Professor, General Faculty of Sociology in Fall 2017.

His interests include Social Construction of Autism and Mental Illness, Families and Autism, Mental Illness and the Family, Sociology of Medicine, Health and Illness, Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Sociology of the Body, Disabilities. 

SOC 2320: Gender and Society
Credits: 3
Gender and Society
SOC 3120: Sociology Research Workshop
Credits: 4
Introduces data analysis and data processing, as well as the conceptualization of sociological problems. Emphasizes individual student projects.
SOC 3290: Sociology of Childhood
Credits: 3
The class introduces the 'new social studies of childhood' and the idea that the experience of childhood is a social construction, not a string of biological facts. Topics include: how caring for children varies across time & space, and considering childhood in the context of Western cultural trends - increasing inequality, unequal distribution of overwork, poverty, war, liberty, decreasing privacy, consumerism, sexualization, networked society.
SOC 3310: Sociology of Self
Credits: 3
What is the difference between individual and self? Do we carry a fixed, unchangeable self inside, or do we have as many selves as the situations in which we commonly find ourselves? Can we go as far as saying that the self comes from the outside, and if so, when do we internalize it? At birth, once and for all? Or repeatedly and in everyday life? We will explore these questions and more as we venture into an exciting field-sociology of the self.
SOC 3559: New Course in Sociology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
SOC 3700: Health and Society
Credits: 3
This course explores the social dimensions of health and illness, focusing especially on the social experience of illness, the social determinants of disease, and the role and meaning of medicine and public health in modern U.S. society. The class examines how we define health problems and their solutions, and it considers the ways in which race, gender, class, age, and sexuality matter for understanding health-related experiences and discourses.
SOC 4280: Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Credits: 3
This course explores mental health and illness in social context, focusing especially on the history, definitions, social and cultural determinants, and consequences of conceptualizations and treatment of mental illness. It includes an examination of perceptions of mental illness in popular culture, and the spread of psychiatric ideas in more global context. Pre-requisite: six credits of Sociology
SOC 4530: Topics in Sociology of Health
Credits: 3
This course delves into sociological approaches to health, including the social construction of health and wellness, medicalization, the intersections of culture, power and inequality with systems of diagnosis and treatment, the social determinants of health, and the subjective experiences of health and disability/illness. Prerequisite: Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4559: New Course in Sociology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
SOC 4981: Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing
Credits: 3
Writing of the DMP thesis under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser. Prerequisite: SOC 4980