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Jamie Lynn Shirley
B HLTH 497
Bothell Campus

Selected Topics in Health

Guided survey and discussion of current literature in health related to personal, social, economic, and political topics. May have field component.

Class description

This course examines representations of ethical and policy conflicts about health and health care in contemporary films. The course explores competing images of bodies, workers, policies, and institutions used to frame these debates. Films will be supplemented by readings in film analysis, literature, narrative ethics, and health policy.

Student learning goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to: --analyze how the visual, aural, and linguistic components of films are used by filmmakers to present a particular narrative regarding contemporary conflicts in healthcare; --identify how multiple points of view related to health care ethics and policy are represented in feature and documentary films; --critically interpret cinematic representations of bodies, workers, policies, and institutions in health care; and --articulate the contribution of literary imagination to moral capacity and ethical reasoning.

General method of instruction

This will be a hybrid course. We will meet in person on the following dates: July 2, 9, 23, August 6 & 13. If you cannot be present on these days, you may find taking the course to be a challenge. On the class days that we do NOT meet (June 25, July 16, July 30, August 20), you will be responsible for viewing online lectures, viewing films, and/or taking online exams.

You should be prepared to watch videos outside of class time. Some of these will be available to you through the library as streaming video. Others you will need to rent from your local video store or through a service like Netflix. All will be available in the Everett CC library to watch onsite.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The primary assignments for the course are:

Online, timed midterm exam Short paper Online, timed final exam OR Analysis Paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jamie Lynn Shirley
Date: 05/28/2013