COMM 405 - Seminar in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Section: 001 Healthscapes: Translating Biomedical Knowledge Through Popular Media
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 101 strongly recommended.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In the twenty-first century practice of medicine, the patient occupies an increasingly prominent role in the distribution and production of information about health. As patients, we are urged through various media to know and act on our risk of disease, to ask our doctors if a pharmaceutical drug is right for us and, increasingly, to share our own experiences of illness. In this prominent role, we all must become “responsible patients,” tending to our health as an obligation to the self, our loved ones, and the state. Calls for responsible patienthood are pervasive, and they signal important transformations in the practice of biomedicine and the means by which information about health is distributed.

This course examines the role of popular media and so-called responsible patients in communicating information about health and translating biomedical knowledge for popular audiences. We will consider how changing notions of health, health risk, and patienthood are shaped by the current health mediascape, or healthscape. From direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertisements and informative storylines on television shows like Grey's Anatomy to health promotion campaigns on Snapchat and recorded performances staged by stand-up comedians, we will learn how to be critical consumers and producers of these media.

COMM 405 - Seminar in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
9Jr or Sr
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section reserved for Comm majors only until 12/14/2017.
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