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Spring 2015-2016
* LAS 363 / ANT 387 (SA)   na, npdf

Medicine and Society in Contemporary Cuba

Adrian Lopez-Denis


This course will approach human encounters with disease and wellness in contemporary Cuba from the point of view of medical anthropology. It will be based on the notion that understanding how Cuba achieves its impressive public heath indicators requires the study of both policies from above and practices from below.

Sample reading list:
Alejandro de la Fuente, A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics
P. Sean Brotherton, Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post
Elise Andaya, Conceiving Cuba: Reproduction, Women, and the State
Nancy J. Burke, Health Travels: Cuban Health(care) On and Off the Island
Elizabeth Kath, Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle
John M. Kirk/H. Michael Erisman, Cuban Medical Internationalism: Origins, Evolution, and Goal
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Every week, all participants are expected to read an average of 60 pages. Assessments include two oral presentations, each of them worth 10 % of the final grade and a review paper worth 20 % of the final grade. The main written assignment for the class, representing 60 % of the final grade, will be an ethnographic journal.

Paper in lieu of Final - 60%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This class will be offered in Havana, as part of the Princeton in Cuba Program. For more information, see: Fluency in Spanish..

Other information:
A series of movies and guest lectures will complement all seminar discussions.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43762 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:13 Limit:25