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Spring 2016-2017
* GHP 300 / ANT 386 / GSS 347 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Gender and Illness Experience in the United States Today

Amy B. Krauss

This course explores how gender is integral to constructions of health and illness. How do techniques of knowledge production in law, biomedicine, and public health rely on and invent ideas about gender difference? How is gender embodied in individual and collective experiences of suffering and affliction? How are such bodily experiences cross-cut by other conditions of social life, such as; culture, race, class, ethnicity, nationality and migration? The course combines readings in anthropology, literature, women¿s and gender studies, and critical theory to explore these questions in the contemporary context of the United States.

Sample reading list:
Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor
Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning
Carolyn Rouse, Uncertain Suffering: Racial Health Care Disparities and Sick
Zoe Wool, After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed
David Valentine, Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category
Lochlann Jain, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will prepare a 1-page response paper on a weekly basis and take turns facilitating seminar discussions. A literature review of five texts will be turned in one week before the midterm exam to serve as a resource for the midterm and final paper. The midterm will be take home exam based on an essay prompt, 4-6 pages double-spaced. There will be a final research project culminating in a paper of 12-14 pages double-spaced.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43334 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Robertson Hall   029   Enrolled:11 Limit:20