Fall 2021 - GSWS 208 D100
STT-Diagnosing Difference: Race and Gender in Global Medical Perspective (3)
Class Number: 7799
Delivery Method: In Person
The place of race and gender in medical approaches to health, illness, and the body. Students will explore the different ways race and gender are defined within medical knowledge systems, health technologies, and clinical practices across historical and cultural contexts.
This course explores the role of race and gender within medical knowledge systems, health technologies, and clinical practices in different cultural and historical contexts. We will examine how forms of social difference and political inequality impact global health outcomes from cancer to COVID; how medical technologies – from the spirometer to the speculum – are connected to changing social understandings of race and gender; the ways that doctors’ understandings of social differences inform their approaches to the research and treatment of disease in different populations; the place of race and gender in medical training in global contexts; and the role of patients and publics in shaping medicine from AIDS activism to stem cell research.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
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- Participation and Attendance 16%
- Weekly Discussion Posts 24%
- Illness Narrative 25%
- Medicine and Media Project 35%
Participation and Attendance – 16%
Weekly Discussion Posts – 24% (4 @ 6 points each; public or private post options)
Illness Narrative – 25% (Describe and analyze a personal illness experience in one of the following formats: 1000-word essay, long-form comic, 8-minute podcast, video/tiktok, or other format approved by instructor)
Medicine and Media Project – 35% (For this project, you can EITHER analyze an example of medicine in the media (this can be a film, a news article, a graphic novel, a memoir, analyzed in one of the following formats: ~1800-word written essay or ~1200-word visual essay with original artwork, infographic, long-form comic, 15-minute podcast, video/tiktok, or other format approved by instructor) OR you can create your own media about medicine as a work of fiction or critical memoir, an infographic, a long-form comic, 15-minute podcast, video/tiktok, or other format approved by instructor. You have the option to do this alone or in a group.)
- Lissa: A Story About Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution (2017), Coleman Nye and Sherine Hamdy
- All other readings and materials will be made available on canvas
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021
Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place. Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).
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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.