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Science, Medicine, Technology and Society (Summer 2022)

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The theme of this program connects the urgency of the present moment to their interdisciplinary study in the liberal arts. Understandings of the ‘contagious’, the ‘viral’, and ‘disease’ have provoked debate throughout history, across literature, media, and cultural expression, and woven through religion and theories of the self. This cluster of courses, which may be taken individually or in combination with each other, focuses on a central issue of our time across various historical, cultural and discursive contexts.

Perfect for the student interested in medical or health career paths, these courses will help students complete core requirements as Tulane undergraduates, including: service learning, race and inclusion, and writing. They will build students’ fluency in a range of disciplines and engage the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies in order to understand and address current crises in new and surprising ways.

Learn more about The Science, Medicine, Technology and Society Working Group in Liberal Arts.

Courses Include:

  • HISU 2100 History of Medicine in the U.S. (3 credits)

    Instructor: Karissa Haugeberg

    Students in this course will grapple with the social dimensions of medicine, disease, and health in U.S. history. We will study the history of medicine by examining how ordinary people have been affected by pandemics, advances in medical technologies, and changing ideas about health care. Students will have opportunities to consider how ideas about medicine have been shaped by economic, military, and social transformations in U.S. history.

    This course fulfills the NTC Race and Inclusion core curriculum requirement.
    This course fulfills the NTC Textual & Historical Perspectives core curriculum requirement.
    This course fulfills the NTC Tier-1 Writing core curriculum requirement.

  • HISU 3500 Contagious Surveillance (3 credits)

    Instructor: Jacquelyne Howard

    This seminar examines the historical and contemporary relationships between contagions and practices of surveillance. This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary theories of surveillance studies using historical frameworks such as discipline, control, capitalism, media, and privacy during times of crisis related to race, gender, and class. Seminar discussions will include case studies where patriarchal power and racialized systems promoted perceptions of security, fear, exposure, and control while constructing medical knowledge. As praxis, students will use historical research strategies to design and produce a digital history project that uses technology tools such as maps, visualizations, textual analysis, and/or audio-visual production. All digital history skills will be taught in this course. All technical skill levels are welcome.

    This course fulfills the NTC Race and Inclusion core curriculum requirement.
    This course fulfills the NTC Textual & Historical Perspectives core curriculum requirement.

  • PHIL 3710 Altered Experience (3 or 4 credits)

    Instructor: Dan Burnston
    Optional: NTC/SLA Writing Practicum (+1 credit option)

    This course will address the question of whether and how experiences can be labeled as "disordered" or "abnormal." What are the boundaries between healthy and unhealthy experiences, and how do psychiatric diagnoses result in potential stigma? Is there some set of psychiatric categories that accurately describes discrete and distinct kinds of experiences, or do such categories necessarily oversimplify the complexity of experience? We will address these issues with philosophical arguments and scientific results.

    This optional Writing Practicum fulfill the NTC/SLA Tier-2 core curriculum requirement.
    This course fulfills the NTC Global Perspectives core curriculum requirement.

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