HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 006 Alternative Medicine
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:

January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25

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Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Alternative medicine encapsulates a broad range of therapies, including multivitamin supplements, massage therapy, spiritual healing, acupuncture, and various folk remedies. This wildly diverse set of practices is unified only in its contrast to conventional biomedicine, which purportedly insists upon rigorous scientific testing before endorsing a particular treatment. Yet, despite this apparent lack of standardization or rigor, more than 80 million adults in the U.S. are estimated to use some form of alternative medicine, and criticism is mounting against conventional medicine with regard to its ability to consider the overall patient experience.

This course will seek to challenge some of the underlying assumptions of conventional medicine and explore ways in which alternative therapies could potentially address its shortcomings or introduce new dangers. Specifically, we will examine the controversies surrounding alternative vs. conventional medicine through studying both contemporary and historical perspectives of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM serves as a fascinating and rich case study, given its mixed reception in the U.S. and its apparently seamless integration with Western medicine in China. Throughout the course, we will discuss questions, both philosophical and practical, such as:

  • How do practitioners of conventional medicine view alternative medicine? Are their views valid?
  • How should doctors, patients, and policymakers approach the concept of “conventional” vs. “alternative” medicine?
  • Ultimately, how can we apply this framework to articulate our individual desires and ideals with regard to the care we receive?

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27807
Open
3
4LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Does not meet the first week of classes.
004 (SEM)
P
32449
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Does not meet the first week of classes.
005 (SEM)
P
30951
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Does not meet the first week of classes.
006 (SEM)
P
30953
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Does not meet the first week of classes.
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