Summer 2022 - HSCI 308 D100

Sickness and Wealth: Health in Global Perspective (3)

Class Number: 2049

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9011, Burnaby

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 10, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Susan Erikson
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units. Recommended: HSCI 130.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

New formations of wealth and power that contribute to international health disparities and consideration of the relations of power both between and within nation-states that make some people sick and keep others well. Economic and political collusions that make people sick. Infectious disease and child survival, health implications of war, biotech, and the politics of food and water.

COURSE DETAILS:

Instructor: Dr. Susan Erikson
Email: slerikson@sfu.ca. Please use this email. (I don't check the Canvas email). Include HSCI 308 2022 in email subject line.

This course runs during what is called the Summer Session (not Intersession or Summer Semester) from June 29-August 8, 2022
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-5:20pm.
6 weeks, two 3-hour classes/week.
In-person, Blusson Hall 9011.
PowerPoints will be posted after class.
Classes will not be recorded.
No phones, no computers.

Course Description: This course is about the global political economy of health. What political and economic arrangements increase the likelihood of sickness? Of well-being? We examine the uneven playing field created by supra-national organizations like the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. We explore 1) the institutional arrangements and everyday practices that contribute to and often maintain global health disparities; 2) the relations of power between and within nation-states that keep some people well and make others sick; and 3) the economic and political collusions that make people sick and well.  In rich and poor countries alike and particularly in arenas of human services and critical public infrastructures, we are witnessing not only old forms of inequity and disorder, but also newly chaotic and exploitative social spaces. Topics covered include colonial histories of health; health finance; water; food; medicine; how governments and businesses support and subvert human health.

SEE ALSO NOTES SECTION BELOW ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COURSE.


COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

By course end, students should be able to:
1. Identify global institutional and economic arrangements that increase the likelihood of sickness.
2. Identify and weigh impact of contributing and complex factors of human health phenomena.
3. Name and critique elements of economic systems that shape global health outcomes.
4. Demonstrate critical thinking in preparatory, oral, and written work, specifically demonstrating an ability to identify fallacies of reasoning and strength of evidence.

Grading

  • Exam 1 - July 11, 2022 25%
  • Exam 2 - July 25, 2022 25%
  • Exam 3 - August 8, 2022 25%
  • Critical Thinking Assignment due July 6, 2022 7.5%
  • Logical Fallacies Quiz on July 18, 2022 7.5%
  • Participation 10%

NOTES:

Here's what you need to know about HSCI 308 Summer Session, June 29-Aug 8, 2022:

  • The course is designed for students who really want to understand why some people get sick and others don’t; it’s about the environments, business, politics, and governments of sickness.
  • The classes: They’re 3 hours long, and I lecture only for the first hour or so. There are activities, simulations, and discussions in every class.
  • There is a lot of talking with other people, lots of back and forth between students, and with the teacher. The class is designed for students to freely share ideas and hear a diversity of opinions. So if you don’t like to talk and aren’t willing to try, the course is probably not for you. It’s not about owning the perfect idea, but rather about using conversation and discussion to sharpen your own thoughts, opinions, and understandings about why people get sick. It’s also about building confidence to speak in groups. The course asks hard questions without fear. In class we explore ideas about things without students having to be perfect or say the perfect thing. We just try to work through ideas through talking and everyone sharing thoughts about what things mean.
  • The readings: There’s no way to do well in this class without reading the assignments. But they are well-written and on the shorter side of university reading assignments.
  • The classroom: Setup is tables, not rows of lecture seats.
  • The exams: It’s hard to cheat in this course. There are three exams, in person, invigilated. Each exam is newly made up (doesn’t use previous year exam questions).
  • The exams are a mix of multiple choice, matching, and short essay that you write out by hand.
  • The exams are based on the readings and the in-class experiences. Pretty much everything we do in class is examinable.
  • No phones or computers in class.
  • It’s really hard to do well in this course if you don’t show up to class or don’t do the readings. It’s definitely not a course to take “just for credit” or to squeeze in before graduation. It’s not the course to take if you’re taking 4 other courses in Summer term.
  • Every year a bunch of people earn A+s in the course and every year a couple of people fail the course. There’s a pattern: Those who failed didn’t come to class, didn’t read the readings, and/or wouldn’t use the class discussion activities to learn more than what they already knew.
  • The course is six weeks long, twice a week, Mon and Wed afternoons. Kinda intense.
  • If COVID-19 numbers are still significant, I’ll be masked and I’ll encourage you to mask also.
  • Canvas for this course will be opened June 26, 2022.
  • I love teaching this course and I want you to succeed in it.

Course dates:
First day of class: June 29, 2022
Last day of class: August 8, 2022

Assignment dates:
Exam 1: July 11, 2022
Exam 2: July 25, 2022
Exam 3: August 8, 2022
Critical Thinking Assignment 7.5% due July 6
In-class Logical Fallacies Quiz 7.5% on July 18

Grading:
3 exams are 25% each
Participation is 10%
Critical Thinking Assignment 7.5%
In-class Logical Fallacies Quiz 7.5%

 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Prerequisite: HSCI 130

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Readings will be posted on Canvas no later than June 26, 2022.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN SUMMER 2022

Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote, online, or blended courses study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

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 (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.