HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 001 Shamanism, Divination, and Prescription Drugs: Cultural Diversity in Medicine
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets 9/8-11/10. (Drop/Add deadline=09/22/08)..
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Class meets: Sept. 8, 15, 22,29, Oct. 6, 13, 27, Nov. 3, 10

In America, the “melting pot,” and especially on University of Michigan’s campus, cultural and ethnic diversity is recognized and emphasized. Frequently, one tends to think of culture and ethnicity when addressing social justice issues and in celebration of heritage. However, along with these viewpoints, this class will look at diversity from a disease and illness perspective, specifically, from the view of an anthropologist. This class is not intended just for those students who are on the pre-medical track. Instead, this is a class for anyone interested in thinking about diversity from a unique viewpoint and in getting a taste of the wonderful world of medical anthropology! The class will revolve around several main questions. How does the cultural and ethnic diversity seen on campus, in the United States, and in the world translate to healthcare? Particularly, how do these diversities impact diagnosis and treatment of disease? Finally, how is the practice of medicine in the United States ultimately affected by these various perspectives on illness and disease? Students will examine illnesses or conditions that range from cancer and HIV/AIDS to mental and physical disabilities. Each class will be focused on a different disease or condition and various cultures’ interpretations of, and responses to, the respective illness. Students will study cultures such as those in Botswana, India, Guatemala and groups such as the Hmong and the Australian Aborigines. Because of America’s “melting pot,” the class will study cases in which the presence of different cultures has impacted medicine in the United States. While looking at these various cultural and ethnic groups, the class will begin to answer the main questions presented above and also start to see the roles societal and cultural constraints and personhood may play in medicine. Students are encouraged and expected to study all cultures, including Western medicine, objectively and without bringing in stereotypes. Class will consist of discussions prompted by the readings, in-class interactive simulations/activities, and film clips. Class will culminate with a group project and an edible example of a medicinal treatment (delicious fruits, vegetables, teas). Tentative Reading List: Excerpts from Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa by Katherine Dettwyler—an ethnography set in Africa. Excerpts from The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman—true story about an epileptic Hmong child who becomes quadriplegic due to cultural misunderstandings between her Hmong family and US biomedical doctors. Excerpts from Health and Healing in Comparative Perspective by Elizabeth Whitaker. Excerpts of journal articles from various medical anthropology journals related to studies of illnesses and cultures we will be examining in class.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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19531
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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002 (SEM)
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22627
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2LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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003 (SEM)
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19532
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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004 (SEM)
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19533
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1
1LSA Hnrs Y1
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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005 (SEM)
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20479
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3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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006 (SEM)
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20488
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4
4LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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007 (SEM)
P
21567
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3
4LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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008 (SEM)
P
22628
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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