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An anthropological exploration of connections between global health, economic development, and cultural diversity in contemporary times. Considers ways in which informed global citizens can make a positive difference in human health, taking socioeconomic and cultural diversity into account. Cross-listed with: HSOC 089.
Open to Degree and CDE students; Cross listed HSOC 089 A; Total combined enrollment = 140
Anth 089: Global Health, Development, and Diversity: How does the global health of human populations today relate to socioeconomic development and cultural diversity and their various dimensions? In many ways, socioeconomic development over the past century has contributed substantially to global human health, but in other ways, such as industrial pollution, it has served as a deterrent to that very goal, especially for groups with fewer economic resources. Likewise, diverse cultural factors have served as both a great resource for public health and human healing, but also as major health threats, as in cultural habits such as smoking and inequitable resource distribution. While the World Health Organization has been striving through its Millennium Development Goals and more recent Sustainable Development Goals to chart a common course for improving human health worldwide, the path is still far from clear. The question remains as to which global health models have wide applicability across different economic and cultural settings, and which problems require much more localized solutions. In addition, global health means and ends are often defined and prioritized differently across different economic echelons and diverse cultural groups. How can we as global citizens accurately understand, adequately represent, and effectively intervene to make a positive difference in grasping the wicked problems and promising opportunities that define our current era? This course is a D2 that counts toward student distributive requirements in the social sciences, and it is a key course in the Anthropology of Global Health Major Concentration and in the Global Health Focus track in the Anthropology Major and Minor. It is also an SU course that counts toward the Sustainability requirement.
In this course, we tackle these questions head-on with a mixture of cutting-edge readings, thought-provoking course lectures, immersive documentary films, and meaningful student work, involving weekly reading journals, class discussions, and quizzes to cultivate understanding, and student semester projects. Student semester projects will involve a written report and oral presentation on a global health problem within a local context, together with related economic and cultural factors, culminating in a description and an assessment of major global health interventions that have been brought to bear on the situation thus far. The goal of the course is to make us more informed global citizens with the tools to make a positive difference in global human health, taking socioeconomic and cultural diversity into account.
Class attendance and participation, reading response essays, quizzes, and student semester projects
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