UC 150 - First-Year Humanities Seminar
Section: 001 Patient-Physician Interactions in Stories
Term: WN 2018
Subject: University Courses (UC)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“What is truer than the truth? A story.” Our awareness of our health is often made acute through the experience of illness. As an elemental unit of healthcare, the physician may affect that experience. What role have physicians played in our experience of our mortal lives? In this class, we will draw on the rich realm of stories to explore the factors that patients and physicians bring to their encounters. We will examine how these factors shape experiences of illness and health. Several, sometimes contradictory, forces can be viewed in the patient-physician interaction, including recognition of patient autonomy and beneficence, increasing awareness of the diversity of and fractures between cultures and knowledge sets, and the limitations of communication. Seminar goals are to recognize the unique qualities of this subset of human interactions and to practice expository writing and discussion of a broad range of literary works. Most importantly, we will observe how stories can improve our understanding of the medical encounter.

The selections are not meant to be comprehensive, but an introduction to stories that address issues of the patient-physician interaction.

Readings are posted electronically on the course web-page under “resources” with the exception of 1 book which may be purchased for 1 cent on Amazon:

Lucy Grealey, Autobiography of a Face (edition not important),

Course Requirements:

No data submitted

Intended Audience:

Is this class worth your time?

  • Yes, if: you like to read stories and poetry, you like discussing these works with intelligent peers, you like to laugh and joke while you do it, and you are interested in practicing your expository writing.
  • No, if: you dislike reading, you do not like talking in a group, or you do not like multiple small assignments as opposed to 2 big tests.

Class Format:

Most classes will begin with a brief introduction by the instructor about the work and the author. The expectation is that the majority of seminar time will be spent upon discussion of the readings, essays, and class performance.

UC 150 - First-Year Humanities Seminar
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001 (SEM)
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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