2023-2024 Catalog 
    
    May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

SOAN 347 - Health, Culture, and Society


This course examines the ways that interactions between social and cultural contexts, psychological factors, human physiology, and environment result in human disease, illness, and sickness. Particular focus is paid to the ways that oppression and social hierarchies impact the health and well-being of humans. The both minor and major medical systems of the world are discussed (for example, biomedicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda). Critical, interpretive, and political economic theoretical approaches are reviewed. Ethnographic films and reports are used as case studies to explore pandemics, global health programming, medical education, health care expertise, shamanic healing, and patient experience. No prerequisite. (Group I) (Diversity)