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ENGL 2212 Introduction to Medical Humanities (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will use literature as a springboard to consider the psychological, social, ethical, and experiential dimensions of health and illness. In addition to exploring questions of physical and mental health, we will address topics including disability, aging, pregnancy, trauma, obesity, poverty, and care giving. Through the analysis of novels, poems, short stories and non-fiction, we will consider the way that bodily experiences, material conditions and cultural constructions of normalcy shape our understanding of identity in sickness and in health. A series of student presentations will also allow us to analyze representations of illness and medicine in film, television, and popular culture.


Instructor(s): Laura Tanner and Amy Boesky

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 11-Jan-16