4 Credit Hours
There is perhaps no professional field more deeply rooted and engaged in every facet of what it means to be human--physically, emotionally, philosophically, spiritually--than health care. This course seeks to connect the worlds of the health sciences and the humanities by examining literature through the lens of health care (and vice versa) from a variety of different perspectives: patients, different providers, policymakers, corporations, and cultures, to name a few. If you're thinking about a career in health care, if you're generally interested in medicine, if you're curious about the intersection between mind, body, and culture--this course is for you. In addition to examining the theme of patient empathy, we'll discuss the unique professional and ethical challenges that health care providers face and explore a variety of global and domestic health care issues, focusing on all genres of literature. Likely offerings will include BETTER by Atul Gawande, WHAT PATIENTS TAUGHT ME by Audrey Young, THE PLAGUE by Albert Camus, THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU AND YOU FALL DOWN by Anne Fadiman, NURSES AT THE FRONT by Margaret Higonnet, and more. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 121.