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Syllabus: Medical Anthropology (NYU Poly). STS 2904B

Syllabus: Medical Anthropology (NYU Poly). STS 2904B
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   1 Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University Department of Technology, Culture, and Society STS 2904 B Special Topics: Medical Anthropology Fall 2014 Prof. Barbara Andersen Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30am-12:20pm; RGSH 304 To contact professor: Please be aware that I may not answer course emails between the hours of 6pm and 8am. Office: LC 143 Office hours: Thursdays 12:30-1:20, or by appointment Course Pre-requisites   Completion of first year writing requirements. Course Description How does culture affect human health? How do new pharmaceuticals change social practices and values? What can epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria reveal about the ways that power and resources are distributed worldwide? Medical anthropology examines these and other questions through ethnographically grounded research on the intertwining of cultural, environmental, political, economic, and biological processes. This course will track the “social lives” of diseases and offer cultural perspectives on medical practices and technologies. Course Objectives At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to: •   Discuss the broad scope of medical anthropology   •   Identify   how ethnographic and other qualitative research methods are p racticed within medical anthropology   •   Analyze   how disease concepts and healing practices vary cross - culturally   •   Analyze how   social inequalities   influence health and illness   •   Analyze the cultural impact   of new medical technologies , drugs, and scientific practi ces   •   Summarize complex academic articles and books   and relate their arguments to non - academic texts and personal experiences   Course Structure Classes will be a mix of lectures and group discussions. This is a reading-intensive course. Many readings are complex and use anthropology-specific terms and jargon. Students should come prepared to discuss the readings; if you don ! t understand something, make a note of it and ask in class.   2 Readings The required texts for the course are: Hewlett, Barry and Bonnie Hewlett. Ebola, Culture, and Politics: The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease Dumit, Joe. Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health   Herring, D. Ann, and Alan C. Swedlund, eds. Plagues and Epidemics: Infected Spaces Past and Present.  Petryna, Adriana. Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl   All required texts will be available in the NYU Bookstore as well as on reserve in Dibner library. Shorter readings are available as PDFs on Classes and are marked C  on the class schedule. Course Requirements  Please read and comply with NYU ! s policy on Academic Integrity: You must submit srcinal work and use proper citation formats in all written assignments. Papers will be screened by the Turnitin anti-plagiarism application prior to grading. Students who plagiarize or cheat will receive a grade of F in the course and disciplinary action will be taken. Attendance and participation 10% •   You must attend all course meetings and contribute to discussions. If you miss a class because of illness, please notify me by email ( ) and provide medical documentation to Judith Simonsen   (Dibner Hall Room LC240C). If you will not be attending class because of a religious holiday please notify Ms. Simonsen at least fifteen days in advance and she will contact me.   •   This is a reading - intensive course. Read all assigned texts before coming to class. If you don ! t understand something, ask! •   Be attentive and respectful. Do not use your phone or social media during class time — I will notice, and it will affect your grade. Presentation of discussion questions 10% •   Each student will b e responsible   for leading one    class discussion   by presenting three discussion questions drawn from th e   day ! s readings. You must pick your presentation date   by Thursday, September 11   through the following form: - tLuSRSGPP9BpquYbU8ow/viewform?usp=send_form  Papers 30% (2 @ 15% each) •   You will write two 1 20 0 - 1500 word papers. The topi c of the paper will be announced two weeks before the due date. The first paper will be due Tuesday , October 7, and the second will be due on Tuesday , November 2 5 . •   Grading rubrics will be provided with paper topics.   3 •   Please submit papers through Classes, saved as .doc or .docx files. Midterm test Tuesday, October 21 25% •   This will be an in - class test   covering all materials (readings, lectures, and films) from September 2 to October 16. The test   will comprise 4 - 6   short answer questions and 1   essay questio n.  Final exam Date TBA 25% •   The date and location of this exam will be scheduled by the Registrar. This exam will cover all materials   (readings, lectures, and films)   from October 23 to the end of the semester. It will comprise 6 - 8   short answer questions a nd 2 essay questions.   Disability Accommodations   If you are student with a disability who is requesting accommodations, please contact New York University ! s Moses Center for Students with Disabilities at 212-998-4980 or You must be registered with CSD to receive   accommodations. Information about the Moses Center can be found at The Moses Center is located at 726 Broadway on the 2nd floor.  Class Schedule   T, September 2 Course Introduction—Syllabus Review Th, September 4 Introduction to Medical Anthropology •   Erickson.   Histor ical Origins of Medical Systems.   C   •   Hewlett and Hew lett, Ch.1 - 2 T, September 9 Explaining Illness •   Foster. Disease Etiologies in Non - Western Medical Systems. C   •   Glick . Medicine as an Ethnographic Category. C   •   Csordas.   The Sore that Does Not Heal: Cause and Concept in the Navajo   Experience of Cancer. C   Th, September 11 Healing and Curing •   Levi - Strauss . The Effectiveness of Symbols. C   •   Mattingly and Lawlor .   The Fragility of Healing. C   •   Hewlett and Hewlett, Ch. 3   •   In - class Film: The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America   T, September 16 Medical Pluralism •   Crandon - Malamut. Medical Dialogue and the Political Economy of Medical Pluralism: A Case from Rural Highland Bolivia.   C   •   Bates. Why Not Call Modern Medicine " Alternative ! ? C     4 Th, September 18 Health Disparities •   Castro et al. Plagues and Epidemics, Ch.   13   •   Löwy. Plagues and Epidemics, Ch. 15   •   Hewlett & Hewlett, Ch. 4   T, September 23 Health Transitions •   Barrett. Plagues and Epidemics, Ch. 5 •   Noymer. Plagues and Epidemics. Ch. 8   •   Whyte. Chronicity and Control : Framing Non - Communicable Diseases in Africa. C   Th, September 25 Globalization and Health •   Hewlett & Hewlett, Ch. 5 - end   •   Quesada et al. Structural Vulnerability and   Health: Latino Migrant Laborers   in the United States . C   •   PAPER TOPIC #1 ANNOUNCED IN - CLAS S  T, September 30 Colonialism, History, and Structural Violence •   Farmer. On Suffering and Structural Violence: A View from Below C   •   Kelm. Plagues and Epidemics Ch. 11   •   Seay and Dionne .   The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place . C   Th, October 2 Disability and Debility •   Livin gston. "Reconfiguring old age: Elderly women and concerns over care in southeastern Botswana."   C   •   In - class Film: Liebe Perle   T, October 7 Chronicity and Identity •   Estroff. Self, Identity, and Subjective Experiences of Schizophrenia: In Search of the Subjec t. C   •   Russ, Shim & Kaufman. Is there Life On Dialysis? Time and Aging in a Clinically Sustained Existe nce. C   Th, October 9 Biological Citizenship Pt. I •   Petryna, Ch. 1 - 2   •   PAPER #1 DUE  T, October 14 FALL RECESS – NO CLASS Th, October 16 Biological Citizenship Pt II •   Petryna Ch. 4 - 5   •   Dumit Ch. 1   T, October 21 MIDTERM EXAM Th, October 23 Pharmaceuticals •   Dumit Ch. 2 - 6   + conclusion     5 T October 28 Addiction •   Bourgois . Di sciplining Addictions: The Biopolitics of Methadone and Heroin in the United States.   C   •   Stro mberg, Nichter, and Nichter. Taking play seriously: low - level smoking among college students .   C   •   In - class film: Bevel Up  Th, October 30 Climate Change and Health •   Singer. Plagues and Epidemics, Ch. 2   •   White - Newsome   et al. Strategies to Reduce the Harmful E ffects of Extreme Heat Events: A Four - City Study . C   T, November 4 Nutrition and Obesity •   Popenoe.   Ideal.   C   •   Hardin. Fasting for Health, Fasting for God: Samoan Evangelical Christian Responses to Obesity and Chronic Disease. C •   McMillan, Tracie. The New Face of Hunger. National Geographic multimedia article:   Th, November 6 HIV/AIDS •   Lepani. Fitting Condoms on Culture. C   •   Parikh. The Pol itical Economy of Marriage and HIV: The ABC Approach, “Safe” Infidelity, and Managing Moral Risk in Uganda. C   •   Biehl. Pharmaceuticalization: AIDS Treatment and Global Health Politics.   C   •   In - class film: Pills, Profits, Protest  T, November 11 Imaging and Visualization Technologies •   Taylor. The Public Fetus and the Family Car: From Abortion Politics to a Volvo Advertisement. C   •   Dumit. Is It Me or My Brain: Depression and Neuroscientific Facts. C   •   PAPER #2 TOPIC ANNOUNCED IN CLASS   Th, November 13 Organ Transplantation and Commodification •   Scheper - Hughes. Parts Unknown: Undercover Ethnography in the Organs - Trafficking Un derworld C   •   Hamdy. Political Challenges to Biomedical Universalism: Kidney Failure among Egypt's Poor C   T, November 18 Mental Health •     Jenkins. Ethnops ychiatric interpretati ons of schizophrenic illness: The problem of nervios within Mexican - American families. C   •   Bagatell.   From Cure to Community: Transforming Notions of Autism. C   Th, November 20 Death and Dying •   Kaufman. In the Shadow of “Death With Digni ty”: Medicine and Cultural Q uandaries of the Vegetative State C   •   Kaufman   and Morgan. The anthropology of the beginnings and ends of life. C  
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