ASIAN 370 - Acupuncture: Historical and Contemporary Transformations
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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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 clinical studies 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:

We will be using GradeCraft for all assignments. Assignments will include:

  • Active participation and attendance
  • One presentation (maximum of 10 minutes) on the reading assignments
  • Response papers twice a week (about 250 words)
  • One set of minutes of classroom discussions
  • One final project, which may take the form of a co-authored project
  • Reflections on experiential activities

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
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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