This immersion focuses on the shifting configurations of health and culture in a globalizing world. Health beliefs, including notions about bodily integrity or emotional well-being, illness causation, and diagnostic practices, and the experiences, expressions, and treatments of human ailments unfold in concrete cultural contexts. Every society has some form of health care system, which is minimally administered by community members or specialized practitioners. By moving beyond the lens of western biomedicine, the immersion provides students with a set of tools for analyzing the impact of culture on how health care is delivered, how health symptoms are interpreted and communicated by patients and health providers, and how costs for treatment are calculated and managed in relation to perceived benefits. Courses examine the interrelation between health and culture from a number of perspectives and contexts, including the cultural realities within which bodies are meaningfully constituted or in some cases enhanced by technology, the culture-specific communicative or representational health practices, the socially constituted experiences of trauma, death, suffering, and healing, and the various culturally mediated approaches to health care costs and remedies.
|Choose three of the following:*|
|ANTH-325||Bodies and Culture|
|ANTH-345||Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice|
|CRIM-245||Prostitution and Vice|
|ECON-450||Health Care Economics|
|FNRT-384||Art of Dying|
|MLSP-353||Trauma and Survival in First-Person Narrative|
|PSYC-231||Death and Dying|
|SOCI-245||Gender and Health|
|SOCI-255||Disaster, Public Health Crisis, and Global Responses|
|SOCI-315||Global Exiles of War and Terror|
|STSO-441||Cyborg Theory: (Re)thinking the Human Experience in the 21st Century|
* At least one course must be taken from either ANTH or SOCI.