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Fall 2017-2018
HUM 302 / SLA 302 / GSS 333 / AMS 302 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Medical Story-Worlds

Elena Fratto
Tala Khanmalek

HUM 302 explores illness, health, and the body using storytelling as an entry point. It examines how science, subjectivity, and social difference -- race, class, gender, and sexuality -- are articulated on a global scale. The 1920s construction of the New Soviet Man resonates with histories of medical discrimination in the US; early Soviet studies on biomechanics and the body-machine illuminate current debates on disability and health disparities; the Russian tradition of the Holy Fool jumpstarts a discussion of neurodiversity. Guest lecturers from across Sciences and Humanities will each teach a class in their own institutional space.

Sample reading list:
Anton Chekhov, Ward n. 6
Alexander Beliaev, Professor Dowell's Head
Frederik Peeters, Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story
Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures
Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals
Aurora Levins Morales, Kindling: Writings on the Body

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings, one midterm essay, one final essay.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Reserved Seats:
HUM Certificate Students Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22888 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed