INTLSTD 387 - Topics in Global Environment and Health
Section: 001 The Globalization of Biomedicine
Term: FA 2018
Subject: International Studies (INTLSTD)
Department: LSA II: International and Comparative Studies
Enforced Prerequisites:
CICS 101 or INTLSTD 101.
Advisory Prerequisites:
CICS 301 or INTLSTD 301.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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When people say “global health,” they usually mean delivering Western medicine in low-resource parts of the globe. This assumes that medicine is a universal good. Is this true, or is biomedicine also a “culture” – with values, practices and understandings built in a particular place and time? Can medicine’s technologies be separated from its ethics, symbols, economies, experiences of the body, and politics? What happens when biomedical “culture” runs up against other ways of viewing the world? In this course, through scholarship and popular media, we will outline aspects of medical “culture,” and then describe what happens when it “encounters” other ways of thinking. The ultimate goal, culminating in a final paper for the course, will be for each student to synthesize her or his view about the nature of the encounter between biomedicine and another worldview, and how this affects the practice of global health.

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INTLSTD 387 - Topics in Global Environment and Health
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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