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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2018

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    APY 275LEC - Culture, Health, And Illness
    Culture, Health, And Illness KLA Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   23220   Enrollment Capacity:   220
    Section:   KLA   Enrollment Total:   182
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   38
    Dates:   01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   M W F , 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
    Room:   Cooke 121 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
      Course Description
    People in all societies experience illness, but their understandings of the causes of disease and approaches for restoring health differ greatly. This course examines the social and cultural dimensions of health, illness, and healing. Through a variety of case studies, we will learn about the ways medical anthropologists study explanations of disease, experiences of suffering, and the social organization of health care. Western medicine, also called biomedicine, will also be an object of our analysis. We will discuss how the delivery of biomedical health care involves particular understandings of the body and appropriate social relationships. Emphasis will also be placed on how the stories that individuals and institutions circulate about human agency in suffering shape individual convictions about how to care, and for whom to care. The course aims to teach students to think about health, disease, and medicine in national, cross-cultural and global terms.
                 Klaits, F look up    
                 Conaway, M A look up    
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    Other Courses Taught By: Klaits, F