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Spring 2010-2011
* EAS 312 / ANT 312 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Mind, Body, and Bioethics in Japan and Beyond

Amy B. Borovoy

The seminar will examine key concepts of the mind, the body, and the nature-culture distinction. We will study these issues in the context of Japanese beliefs about the good society, making connections between "lay culture," Japanese notions of social democracy, and "science culture." Topics include: styles of care for the mentally ill, the politics of disability, notions of human life and death, responses to bio-technology, the management of human materials (such as organs), cultural definitions of addiction and co-dependency, and the ethics of human enhancement.

Sample reading list:
Michael J. Sandel, The Case Against Perfection
Margaret Lock, Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death
Yuko Kawanishi, Families Coping with Mental Illness: Stories from the U.S.
Lawrence Diller, Running on Ritalin
Eric Feldman, "The Landscape of Japanese Tobacco
Policy: Law Smoking, and Social Change"

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: 75-100 pages per week. One 15-page final essay.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One course in East Asian Studies or one course in cultural anthropology preferred..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41924 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:14 Limit:15