Kathleen A. O'Connor
BIO A 350
Explores demographic, biological, epidemiological, psychological, sexual, sociological, cultural, and economic perspectives on the health of males.
We will explore demographic, biological, epidemiological, psychological, sexual, sociological, cultural and economic perspectives on the health of males. Class participants will build together a knowledge base to address the questions: 1. Why do males have higher mortality across the entire lifespan? 2. Is this biological or cultural, or both? 3. How is this related to the fact that males tend to not take very good care of themselves? 4. How might we take action to improve men's health?
Student learning goals
To gain specific knowledge and comprehension of biological and sociological observations relevant to men's health.
To become familiar with methods, theory and models for studying health behaviors, and how these can be applied to analyze menís health-related behaviors.
To use skills obtained in the first two goals to collect information on menís health, and use the data/information to create informational, educational and public health information on menís health.
To evaluate the effectiveness of your peerís work as sources of information on men's health.
To facilitate student's abilities to link information, theory and practice.
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion format. Guest Speakers This course emphasizes learning by doing. Students work independently and together to gather, analyze, and create information for men's health.
It is helpful, but not necessary to have had some anthropology and some biology.
Class assignments and grading
Up to 8 assignments. Two of these are in-class low stakes writing. Three are anonymous peer assignment evaluations done in class. One is a short informational paper on men's health. One is carrying out and writing up a qualitative assessment of some aspect of men's health. The last assignment is creation of a public service health message, which includes a justification paper. There are no exams.
Grades are based on the quality and completeness of the above assignments.