Andrea H. Kovalesky
B CUSP 117
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: W.
This course explores how the arts are being used in a variety of healthcare settings to help patients, their families, and healthcare professionals process illness, trauma, recovery, and/or loss experiences.
Student learning goals
Gain general background about multiple art modalities and how they are used in contemporary healthcare
Explore the current empirical evidence supporting the use of the arts in healthcare while gaining practice in reading and discussing academic literature
Engage in opportunities to explore and express one's own creative interests
Enhance one's awareness of community resources by visiting a healthcare facility, attending an artistic event in the community, and engaging with guest speakers from additional community resources
General method of instruction
A variety of instructional methods are used: discussion, readings, guest speakers, web site reviews, brief lectures, art projects and demonstrations, DVDs/CDs/videos, and some group work (in class or via Blackboard). For our readings we use an overview of the arts in the humanities (Perceiving the Arts: An Introduction to the Humanities, 9th Ed., by Dennis J. Sporre), selected readings placed on electronic reserves, as well as numerous web sites.
An interest to learn more about the arts and/or healthcare.
Class assignments and grading
The main assignments include the student engaging in 1-2 expressive arts of choice throughout the quarter, attending 1 community artistic event of choice, visiting public places within a hospital to review its aesthetic qualities, and selecting one artist whose work relates to a health issue. Quizzes based on class content and the readings are also given, with study guides provided to help the student better prepare.
Attention to assignment requirements, active participation in small and large group in-class activities, scores on quizzes