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Spring 2012-2013
* GHP 401 / ANT 480 / AFS 401 (SA)   na, npdf

Global Health in Africa

Betsey B. Brada

This seminar will examine the contemporary phenomenon of "global health" in Africa against the history and politics of health and healing. Topics include; colonial efforts to regulate race, gender, sexuality, and labor; African's responses to colonialism and missionization; the impact of colonialism on experience of health and healing; the training of African practitioners of biomedicine; the significance of healing practices to anti-colonial movements; and the relevance of these historical experiences to contemporary African public health and medicine. We will conclude with case studies of cutting-edge health issues in Africa.

Sample reading list:
Hunt, Nancy R., A Colonial Lexicon
Vaughan, Megan, Curing Their Ills: Colonial Power and Africa Illness
Livingston, Julie, Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana
White, Luise, Speaking with Vampires:Rumor and History in Colonial Africa
Illiffe, John, East African Doctors: A History of the Modern Profession
Wendland, Claire, A Heart for the Work: Journeys Through an African Medical

Reading/Writing assignments:
The class will be run as a seminar; students are expected to do all the readings and to come to class prepared to discuss them. Students will write ten one-page response papers that critically engage the readings. Each student will present one of the readings in class, summarizing the author's argument and relating it to the course themes. For the final, students will write a research paper (10-15 pgs) on a topic approved by the instructor.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Reserved Seats:
GHP Certificate Students Only 10
AFS Certificate Students Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43033 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm Th   Robertson Hall   020   Enrolled:13 Limit:20