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Science, Technology, and Human Health (Every Spring)

Grounded in critical medical anthropology, this course draws upon the philosophy of science, the history of science, and the sociology of knowledge to examine the interlinkages of science and technology and the implications of their relationship for the healthcare industry, healthcare practitioners, and human health.

Health, Care, and Social Movements (Every Spring)

Explores key theories of social change and surveys historical and contemporary social movements, with a particular focus on the relationship between technological innovation, health, and social struggle. Students analyze historical and structural determinants of health and conceptualize movement-based action as a means of collectively caring for individuals and communities.

Health Geographies (Every Fall)

Surveys theory and ethnographic accounts of geographically-concentrated health disparity. Examines geographic patterns impacting health differences and inequities. Readings draw from human geography, political economy, ethnography and human health. Subject matter reflects how space is constructed, transformed, inter-connected and experienced as a variable of health. Incorporates training in mapping methodologies.

Neoliberal Globalization and Health (Every Fall)

Provides grounding to central theories of globalization and neoliberalism as they relate to health, focusing on their global, domestic, and historical dimensions. Contextualizes neoliberal globalization and its effects through an examination of healthcare provisioning, the healthcare field, and the current global health landscape.

Militarization and Health (Every Fall)

Explores intersections of militarization, technological innovation, civil unrest, and health through a survey of international conflicts. Analyzes the ways that profit-based, technology-driven militarization affects and shapes processes of statecraft, displacement, and gendered and racial violence, and examines how these combined processes impact health, healthcare and patient advocacy globally.

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