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Nicole I Torres
BISSTS 397
Bothell Campus

Topics in Science, Technology, and Society

Examines a topic, theme, or problem at the intersection of science, technology, and society.

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Medicine, Illness and Culture

Medical anthropology is a focus within the field of cultural anthropology that is concerned with the comparative study of culture, health, illness, and healing practices. Throughout the semester, we will explore a variety of ways in which people perceive and interpret health and illness, as well as seek and deliver care within the United States. By examining medicine and illness through an interdisciplinary perspective, we will begin to understand the perspective that medicine, illness, wellness, and healing are inextricably bound up with cultural norms, beliefs and values. The goal of the course is to understand the basic framework of medicine, illness and healing (both mainstream and alternative systems) and provide an introduction to the variety of work accomplished in this field.

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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 Nicole I Torres
Date: 04/18/2011