ASIAN 370 - Acupuncture: Historical and Contemporary Transformations
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Considerable controversy surrounds acupuncture (also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM). The course falls into three parts, each of which will emphasize different aspects of this rich and complex subject matter: how we define and delineate the boundaries of TCM, controversies over TCM in modern China (twentieth century), and scientific evaluations of TCM.

Three broad themes will emerge from our readings and discussions: (1) the dynamic, rather than fixed, nature of TCM; (2) the importance of social and political forces and contexts in shaping the contents of TCM; and (3) the important role played by Western science in discrediting and legitimating TCM.

Readings will cover the secondary literature in a variety of disciplines, including history, anthropology and biological sciences. Besides acquiring a basic understanding of TCM today, students will come away from the class with a critical understanding of medical efficacy. They will also be given an opportunity to watch live acupuncturists in action.

All readings are in English and are available through Canvas as PDFs at no cost to the students.

Course Requirements:

The final course grade will be calculated on the basis of the following components:

  • Active participation and attendance (20%)
  • One presentation (maximum of 10 minutes) on the reading assignments (10%).
  • Response papers twice a week, no more than 500 words per submission (20%)
  • One set of minutes (5%).
  • One final co-authored paper (in groups of 4) in the range of 10-15 pages. The final paper is broken down into three smaller assignments.
  • A powerpoint presentation (10%)
  • Peer assessments of your effort (10%)
  • Final paper (25%)

Intended Audience:

No prior knowledge of biology, Chinese medicine, language, or history required. All are welcome.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

ASIAN 370 - Acupuncture: Historical and Contemporary Transformations
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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