Andrea H. Kovalesky
B HLTH 450
Explores how one or more of the arts/humanities are used in healthcare settings to help patients, their families and friends, and healthcare professionals: promote wellness, healing and recovery; and process illness, trauma, or loss experiences.
We will look at how various artistic modalites are used in contemporary healthcare to promote healing and recovery. Art modalities include: Paintings/drawings; photography; sculpture; fiber arts; movement; poetry; mixed-media story-telling; music; architecture; landscaping. We will also explore the use of expressive art activities with specific populations, for example, with elders, veterans, persons with mental health or substance use concerns, and other aggregates.
Student learning goals
Discuss at least 5 art modalities using descriptive terms pertinent to each modality
Identify how various art modalities are used in contemporary healthcare
Gain practice in reviewing quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence that relates to the use of the arts in healthcare today
Assess how one or more expressive art activities can function as a de-stressor in your life
Analyze aesthetic components of contemporary healthcare environments
General method of instruction
Mini-lectures; artistic activities within and outside of class; Discussion groups within class and on Canvas; Web-site viewing of art programs and art modalities used in healthcare; on-line powerpoint modules; videos
No artistic background is needed for this course; Familiarity with healthcare is preferred; Upper division skills in critical reading, writing, and scholarly information retrievel are expected
Class assignments and grading
Completion of assigned e-reserve readings and web-site viewings prior to class (there is no textbook for this course). Written analysis of artistic activities and of research articles; one-longer written paper (assessment of aesthetics in hospital environment or literature review on selected topic); participation in class activities and discussion board.
Thorough completion of assignments; depth of integration of course material into assignments and discussions