First Class: Intro to Medical and Health Humanities (MA Track)

Classes focus on major issues in healthcare today, and can include topics of specific interest to students in the class as well as those that are in the news. Exploring subjects such as addiction, sexual health, and mental illness,course readings and discussions will draw on a range of perspectives, including , Mad Studies, Gender and Studies, and Science and Technology Studies.Looking at examples of projects that weave humanities approaches into medical education, patient care, and healthcare activism, we will consider how these activities are transforming the way we think about health and illness, and examine the uses of art, music, design, history, and digital media in health and medicine. The course prepares students to take an interdisciplinary approach in their own work and to be able to critically evaluate examples of medical and health humanities in practice.