Rachel A Katzenellenbogen
G H 590
Focuses on topics relevant to global health. Offered: AWSpS.
Designed to highlight issues for adolescents in resource limited settings with an initial focus on what makes adolescents unique. Topic-based seminars, journal article discussions, and self-journaling will include: adolescent development; physical and psychological trauma; illicit activities; ethics and the law; adolescent-focused research and programming; and the economy and public policy.
Student learning goals
Students will be able to define the biologic and psychologic development of an adolescent.
Students will be able to describe the unique health, social, and political issues for adolescents, especially within a resource-poor setting.
Students will be able to critically read and review research articles in the field of adolescent health and medicine.
Students will be able to describe effective medical, social, and policy-based programs for adolescents in resource-poor settings.
General method of instruction
The course will meet on a weekly basis for 80 minutes in the spring quarter of the academic year. The first four presentations will establish a structure and context for adolescent health in which the remaining topic-focused presentations will be discussed and understood. The hour and 20 minute lectures given by expert presenters will typically be structured with a 5 minute overview of the issue by the course instructor(s), a 15 minute review and critique of assigned journal articles by assigned student participants, and then a 45 minute lecture with 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be assigned weekly reading and will sign up as small groups to jointly review and critique one week's assigned reading. Additionally, journaling about the course by students will be turned in weekly.
1. Class participation. Attendance at class sessions and participation in discussions is expected, with a minimum of 8 out of 10 classes in attendance. Attendance will be taken at every class. (50%) 2. Homework. For each lecture, a student is expected to read assigned articles and summarize/critique one of them. This summary will be due before the beginning of class, and it is expected 8 out of 10 lectures as a minimum. (15%) 3. Student-led discussion. After the first overview lectures, students are expected to lead a 15 minute class discussion on the assigned readings for that day prior to the expert speaker. (20%) 4. Student journals. Students will be asked to create a personal journal during the course that is reflective in nature. It should be focused on their personal reaction, thoughts, and future goals in the area of adolescent health. This will be turned in at the conclusion of the course. (15%)