Spring 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEST 201-01 Introduction to Health Studies
Instructor: J Daniel Schubert
Course Description:
Introduction to Health Studies is a multi-disciplinary course that explores various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of health. In addition to providing the overall framework for the materials covered, the faculty-convener of the course will draw on speakers from Dickinson faculty who will present health studies materials relevant to their respective areas of special expertise. Faculty speakers will be drawn from a range of disciplines at the college, including American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, History, International Business and Management, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Psychology, and Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies.Normally offered spring semester.
1500:MR   DENNY 313
HEST 250-01 National Futures: Reproductive Health Policy and Practices in the United States, Japan, and Israel
Instructor: David Sarcone, Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INBM 300-04, INST 290-03 and PMGT 290-02. This course explores policies and controversies related to reproductive health in the United States, Japan, and Israel. Along with assessing the success and/or failure of public policy to support fertility and reproductive health, students will compare and contrast the health systems of the three countries. Students will also examine ethnographically cultures of infant and maternal health, and apply the World Health Organizations building block approach to clarify linkages among health system components, measure health system performance, and assess attempted reforms on system-wide outcomes. At the conclusion of the semester, class members will travel to Israel to visit Ben Gurion University of the Negev to gain a deeper, comparative understanding of the Israeli health system.
1030:TR   STERN 103
Courses Offered in AFST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AFST 220-05 Health and Healing in Africa
Instructor: Summer Wood
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 256-01.This course addresses three interrelated aspects of health and healing in Africa. We examine health in Africa from a biomedical perspective, learning about disease, morbidity, mortality, and biomedical care. We place African health and health care into a framework of political economy, examining the causes and consequences of illness and disease and the forces that shape and constrain care. We also examine the cultural and historical dimensions of health and healing in specific regions of the continent, bringing ethnographic knowledge to bear on contemporary health problems and thereby gaining an understanding of the lived experiences of health and healing in Africa.
1330:MR   DENNY 317
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 200-01 Health, Illness and Narrative
Instructor: Sharon O'Brien
Course Description:
What is it like to experience illness in America? This course will focus on narratives of illness in contemporary American culture. We will explore the ways in which our culture shapes the experience of illness, at differences among healing, cure, and recovery, and at the importance of breaking silence . To what extent, we will ask, do certain forms of illness acquire stigma in American culture, and why? How has the American cult of positive thinking affected the lives of people experiencing illness? What role do forms of creative expressionfiction, memoir, essay, film play in shaping the experience of illness and healing? How, and why, have definitions of what is illness changed over time? Our reading will include books such as Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals; Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors, William Styron, Darkness Visible, and Miriam Engelberg, Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person. Films will include Wit. We will read narratives by health practitioners as well as by patients.
1330:TF   EASTC 301
AMST 200-02 Fat Studies
Instructor: Amy Farrell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST-202-02. This course introduces students to an emerging academic field, Fat Studies. By drawing from historical, cultural, and social texts, Fat Studies explores the meaning of fatness within the U.S. and also from comparative global perspectives. Students will examine the development of fat stigma and the ways it intersects with gendered, racial, ethnic and class constructions. Not a biomedical study of the obesity epidemic, this course instead will interrogate the very vocabulary used to describe our current crisis. Finally, students will become familiar with the wide range of activists whose work has challenged fat stigma and developed alternative models of health and beauty.
1330:MR   DENNY 212
Courses Offered in ANTH
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ANTH 256-01 Health and Healing in Africa
Instructor: Summer Wood
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05. This course addresses three interrelated aspects of health and healing in Africa. We examine health in Africa from a biomedical perspective, learning about disease, morbidity, mortality, and biomedical care. We place African health and health care into a framework of political economy, examining the causes and consequences of illness and disease and the forces that shape and constrain care. We also examine the cultural and historical dimensions of health and healing in specific regions of the continent, bringing ethnographic knowledge to bear on contemporary health problems and thereby gaining an understanding of the lived experiences of health and healing in Africa.
1330:MR   DENNY 317
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 206-04 Medicine and The Body in East Asia
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-03. This course is an introduction to the history of medicine in East Asia. We will begin by exploring the theoretical and practical underpinnings of classical Chinese medicine, which was the foundation of healing practices in premodern China, Korea, and Japan. We will then move on to trace the introduction of modern bio-medicine and the eventual reemergence of "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as an alternative style of therapy in the 20th century. We will also consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between doctors and patients and between medicine and the state.
1500:TF   DENNY 212
Courses Offered in ECON
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ECON 214-01 Population Issues in Developing Countries
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-01.This course will introduce the primary population issues in the context of developing countries. This course will focus on these particular issues: population growth, theory of demographic transition, mortality, fertility, family planning, reproductive health, family coping strategies, migration, urbanization, low fertility in industrialized nations, household economics, interactions between population issues and development, child survival and mortality, child labor and schooling, impacts of HIV/AIDS on population structure, and policies that are used to tackle the afore-mentioned issues.
1230:MWF   ALTHSE 201
ECON 314-04 Applied Empirical Data Analysis
Instructor: Stephen Erfle
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INBM 300-02.This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake their own empirical investigation on topics of their choice. Students are welcome to use the information that I have gathered but they are also encouraged to obtain and analyze data of their choosing, subject to professor approval. Students have access to start of year and end of year physical activity and stature measures for more than 10,000 middle school students, two thirds of whom had daily PE, as well as school district level data for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This course will analyze the date obtained from this program. Students will learn how to use SPSS and Arc-GIS throughout the course of the semester. The class culminates in presenting your own findings in a poster presentation that is open to the public.
1230:W   ALTHSE 204
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 215-03 Medicine and The Body in East Asia
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-04. This course is an introduction to the history of medicine in East Asia. We will begin by exploring the theoretical and practical underpinnings of classical Chinese medicine, which was the foundation of healing practices in premodern China, Korea, and Japan. We will then move on to trace the introduction of modern bio-medicine and the eventual reemergence of "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as an alternative style of therapy in the 20th century. We will also consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between doctors and patients and between medicine and the state.
1500:TF   DENNY 212
Courses Offered in INBM
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INBM 300-02 Applied Empirical Data Analysis
Instructor: Stephen Erfle
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ECON 314-04.This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake their own empirical investigation on topics of their choice. Students are welcome to use the information that I have gathered but they are also encouraged to obtain and analyze data of their choosing, subject to professor approval. Students have access to start of year and end of year physical activity and stature measures for more than 10,000 middle school students, two thirds of whom had daily PE, as well as school district level data for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This course will analyze the date obtained from this program. Students will learn how to use SPSS and Arc-GIS throughout the course of the semester. The class culminates in presenting your own findings in a poster presentation that is open to the public.
1230:W   ALTHSE 204
INBM 300-04 National Futures: Reproductive Health Policy and Practices in the United States, Japan, and Israel
Instructor: David Sarcone, Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HEST 250-01, INST 290-03 and PMGT 290-02. This course explores policies and controversies related to reproductive health in the United States, Japan, and Israel. Along with assessing the success and/or failure of public policy to support fertility and reproductive health, students will compare and contrast the health systems of the three countries. Students will also examine ethnographically cultures of infant and maternal health, and apply the World Health Organizations building block approach to clarify linkages among health system components, measure health system performance, and assess attempted reforms on system-wide outcomes. At the conclusion of the semester, class members will travel to Israel to visit Ben Gurion University of the Negev to gain a deeper, comparative understanding of the Israeli health system.
1030:TR   STERN 103
Courses Offered in INST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INST 290-01 Population Issues in Developing Countries
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ECON 214-01.This course will introduce the primary population issues in the context of developing countries. This course will focus on these particular issues: population growth, theory of demographic transition, mortality, fertility, family planning, reproductive health, family coping strategies, migration, urbanization, low fertility in industrialized nations, household economics, interactions between population issues and development, child survival and mortality, child labor and schooling, impacts of HIV/AIDS on population structure, and policies that are used to tackle the afore-mentioned issues.
1230:MWF   ALTHSE 201
INST 290-03 National Futures: Reproductive Health Policy and Practices in the United States, Japan, and Israel
Instructor: David Sarcone, Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HEST 250-01, INBM 300-04 and PMGT 290-02. This course explores policies and controversies related to reproductive health in the United States, Japan, and Israel. Along with assessing the success and/or failure of public policy to support fertility and reproductive health, students will compare and contrast the health systems of the three countries. Students will also examine ethnographically cultures of infant and maternal health, and apply the World Health Organizations building block approach to clarify linkages among health system components, measure health system performance, and assess attempted reforms on system-wide outcomes. At the conclusion of the semester, class members will travel to Israel to visit Ben Gurion University of the Negev to gain a deeper, comparative understanding of the Israeli health system.
1030:TR   STERN 103
Courses Offered in LAWP
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LAWP 400-01 Biomedical Technology, Policy and Law
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
This course examines the legal, ethical and policy issues surrounding developments in biomedical technology, with a focus on surrogate motherhood, in vitro fertilization, stem cell research and cloning. We will study the scientific advances in these areas along with their practical applications. We will consider how the different individual and institutional perspectives of scientific, political and legal actors combine to frame the policy debate about the use and regulation of cutting-edge medical and scientific research.
1330:TR   DENNY 204
Courses Offered in MUPS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MUPS 111-02 Vocal Technique Class
Instructor: Jennifer Blyth, Jonathan Hays
Course Description:
Personal Audition and Permission of Instructor Required No Additional Fee / May Not be Audited An introduction to vocal technique in a group setting. Note: this course is the prerequisite course for Voice (2nd semester) - MUPS 114 - 30 (Private lessons). Course content includes voice physiology, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), one private lesson, required in class performances, student critiques, and voice concert attendance. Interested students should email Prof. Hays to set up an audition.
1600:MW   WEISS 12
1600:MW   WEISS 235
Courses Offered in NRSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
NRSC 400-01 Neuroscience Seminar
Instructor: Meredith Rauhut
Course Description:
Advanced seminar in which students will read and review primary literature related to selected topics in the field of neuroscience. Examples of selected topics may include neuroendocrinology, neurobiology of drug addiction, neurobiology of learning and memory or clinical neuroscience. A discussion-style approach will be adopted. Prerequisites: BIOL 124, NRSC 200 and PSYC 125.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 206
Courses Offered in PMGT
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PMGT 290-01 National Futures: Reproductive Health Policy and Practices in the United States, Japan, and Israel
Instructor: David Sarcone, Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HEST 250-01, INBM 300-04 and INST 290-03. This course explores policies and controversies related to reproductive health in the United States, Japan, and Israel. Along with assessing the success and/or failure of public policy to support fertility and reproductive health, students will compare and contrast the health systems of the three countries. Students will also examine ethnographically cultures of infant and maternal health, and apply the World Health Organizations building block approach to clarify linkages among health system components, measure health system performance, and assess attempted reforms on system-wide outcomes. At the conclusion of the semester, class members will travel to Israel to visit Ben Gurion University of the Negev to gain a deeper, comparative understanding of the Israeli health system.
1030:TR   STERN 103
Courses Offered in PSYC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PSYC 125-01 Brain and Behavior w/Lab
Instructor: Teresa Barber
Course Description:
This course will introduce the structure and function of the brain as it influences human behavior. The level of study will be from a molar viewpoint, and findings from such fields as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and endocrinology will be considered in their relation to a number of behavioral processes. In the laboratory, students will engage in hand-on activities to explore brain anatomy, behavioral analysis and brain-behavior relationships. This course is a Health Studies elective. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:W   JAMESR 1206
0830:MWF   TOME 115
PSYC 125-02 Brain and Behavior w/Lab
Instructor: Teresa Barber
Course Description:
This course will introduce the structure and function of the brain as it influences human behavior. The level of study will be from a molar viewpoint, and findings from such fields as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and endocrinology will be considered in their relation to a number of behavioral processes. In the laboratory, students will engage in hand-on activities to explore brain anatomy, behavioral analysis and brain-behavior relationships. This course is a Health Studies elective. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:R   JAMESR 1206
0830:MWF   TOME 115
PSYC 165-01 Psychopathology
Instructor: Suman Ambwani
Course Description:
An introduction to various psychological disorders and techniques of diagnosis and treatment. Relevant for students who anticipate careers in medicine, law, and the social or psychological services. This course is a Health Studies elective.
1030:TR   KAUF 186
PSYC 165-02 Psychopathology
Instructor: Michele Ford
Course Description:
An introduction to various psychological disorders and techniques of diagnosis and treatment. Relevant for students who anticipate careers in medicine, law, and the social or psychological services. This course is a Health Studies elective.
0900:TR   KAUF 179
PSYC 365-01 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
Instructor: Suman Ambwani
Course Description:
This course will introduce various strategies used in empirical research of clinical phenomena. Practice in behavioral observation systems, structured clinical interviews, and assessment techniques will be gained as students conduct research and write research reports in the area of clinical psychology. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 165, 201 and 202.
1330:MR   KAUF 185
1500:MR   KAUF 185
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 227-01 Spiritual Dimensions of Healing
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
The effect of the mind on the body, long a principle of systems of healing around the globe, is again being recognized in modern medicine. This course will be concerned with "integrative medicine" and related topics, such as ancient systems of healing, shamanism in contemporary cultures, the relationship between religious faith and recovery from illness, the appropriation of traditional healing methods by medical professionals and New Age alternative healing practitioners, yoga, meditation and health, the Holistic Medicine movement in the West, and the Positive Psychology movement in the West. Offered every two years.
1500:MR   EASTC 405
RELG 260-01 Comparative BioMedical Ethics
Instructor: Eric Cytryn
Course Description:
Advances in medical research have opened a new world of ethical questions dealing with the boundaries of life, reproduction, the allocation of scarce health care resources, and the right to refuse medical care for religious or cultural reasons. How does religion inform and respond to questions of bioethical concerns? In this course, which is comparative in perspective, we will explore how a variety of religious traditions approach the most critical issues in bioethics today.
1330:MR   TOME 115
Courses Offered in WGST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WGST 202-02 Fat Studies
Instructor: Amy Farrell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-02. This course introduces students to an emerging academic field, Fat Studies. By drawing from historical, cultural, and social texts, Fat Studies explores the meaning of fatness within the U.S. and also from comparative global perspectives. Students will examine the development of fat stigma and the ways it intersects with gendered, racial, ethnic and class constructions. Not a biomedical study of the obesity epidemic, this course instead will interrogate the very vocabulary used to describe our current crisis. Finally, students will become familiar with the wide range of activists whose work has challenged fat stigma and developed alternative models of health and beauty.
1330:MR   DENNY 212