Critical Global Health|
Fall 2017 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
What does it mean to approach global health as not an applied science but an ethnographic object? This course will explore this question by bringing critical, social science perspectives to bear on global health issues and interventions. This course covers three areas of scholarship. First, we will examine the processes by which social inequalities produce patterns of health and disease in globalizing contexts. This will be followed by an interrogation of the term "global health," in which we will trace its emergence as a discourse and enterprise and unpack its contested meanings. While some view global health as a clinical practice, others conceptualize it as a business, security concern, charitable duty, or human right; yet another camp probes the term's ideological construction. We will consider how such vantage points are underpinned by cultural assumptions and ethical agendas that, in turn, can determine how, and to whom, care is delivered. As a third area of inquiry, we will investigate the implications and unintended effects of doing global health by probing such questions as, When are good intentions not good enough? How useful is biomedicine for alleviating locally defined problems? Under what conditions does global health exacerbate the social inequalities it seeks to overcome?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Joćo Biehl and Adriana Petryna, WHEN PEOPLE COME FIRST: CRITICAL STUDIES IN GLOBAL HEALTH
Johanna Tayloe Crane, SCRAMBLING FOR AFRICA: AIDS, EXPERTISE, AND THE RISE OF AMERICAN GLOBAL HEALTH SCIENCE
Vinay R. Kamat, SILENT VIOLENCE: GLOBAL HEALTH, MALARIA, AND CHILD SURVIVAL IN TANZANIA
There will also be a selection of articles and chapters accessible on the course Moodle.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class presentations, response papers, take-home midterm exam, and final research paper