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American Studies

 203                  American Medicine:  A Social and Cultural History

Spring (4) Scholnick.

An overview of American medicine from the 18th century to the
present. Subjects include the changing understanding of disease;
the social role of the physician; and society's response to such public
health crises as cholera and AIDS.

 

Anthropology

 309                  Medicine and Culture

Spring (3) Staff

The course explores various theories of health, illness and therapy
in sociocultural terms. Issues included are possession and
therapy, medicine and the development of colonialism, and the role
of biomedicine in shaping cultural discourse.

 

363                  Culture and Cuisine:  The Anthropology of Food

Spring (3) Weiss.

This course explores food and cuisine across diverse historical and
ethnographic contexts. Topics will include the ritual and symbolic
value of cuisine, food preparation and provisioning as expressions
of social relations, and the political economy of food production
and consumption.

 

492                  Biocultural Anthropology

Spring (3) Blakey.

Recent advances in the study of interactions between human biology
and culture are examined. Biocultural anthropology extends
beyond the limitations of evolutionary theory, employing political
and economic perspectives on variation in the physiology and health
of human populations.

 

Biology

 106                  Disease, Biomedicine, and Biomedical Research

Fall (3) Shakes. (Alternate years, offered 2011-2012)

Introduction to the biology of common devastating diseases. Topics
include the biological basis of specific disease and general approaches
for accessing biomedical information, interpreting data from clinical
trials, and appreciating the methodological approaches used by
biomedical researchers to investigate disease. Not applicable toward
the minimum requirements for a major or minor in Biology. Three
class hours.

 

Economics

 

150W              Economics of Bad Behavior (freshman seminar)

Fall or Spring (3) Mellor. No prerequisites.

Economics is a social science that examines how individuals make decisions and interact in society. However, some decisions or behaviors can be harmful to the individual, and others can threaten the well-being of those around them. This freshman seminar introduces economic methods and principles by using them to study behaviors that are deemed “bad” or harmful from a societal perspective. Covering topics such as smoking, obesity, illicit drug use, underage drinking, risky sex, crime, and gambling, this course will illustrate how economic tools can be used to: 1) explain why individuals engage in “bad” behaviors, 2) evaluate the consequences of these behaviors for society as a whole, and 3) evaluate proposed solutions to these problems.


 

456                  Economics of Healthcare

Fall or Spring (3) Mellor. Prerequisite: ECON 303

This course applies economic analysis to the study of health and
health care. Topics include: the determinants of health status, features
of the market for medical care, insurance and health care delivery,
and the role of government in the health care sector.

 

483                  Development Economics

Fall or Spring (3,3) Abegaz, Basu, Feldman. Prerequisites: ECON 101/ 151,
ECON 102/ 152, ECON 303 and ECON 304.

A survey of theories that seek to explain the process of economic
development and the contrasts in economic performance among
low-income countries. Emphasis on the link between the economy and
institutions, both market and non-market. Topics include sources and
sectoral distribution of growth, evolution of markets, trade, finance,
income distribution, and development policy/strategy.

 

Government

 360                  The American Welfare State

Spring (3) Howard. Prerequisite: GOVT 201 or GOVT 350.

The politics of U.S. social policy in historical perspective. Topics vary
by year but usually include retirement pensions, health care, and
programs for the poor.

                       

Kinesiology & Health Sciences

 200                  Introduction to the Human Body

Fall (3) Deschenes.

A broad-based examination of the human body. Structure and function
of cells, tissues, and organ systems will be examined in a variety
of applications such as lifespan, environmental and evolutionary
adaptations.

 

304                  Human Physiology

Spring (3) Deschenes.

Detailed study of the manner in which different organ systems of the
human body function.

 

320                  Issues in Health

Spring (3) Harris.

Contemporary issues in health are examined. These issues include
immunity and AIDS; cancer and genetics; cardiovascular health and
assisted suicides and abortion.

 

321                  Health and Human Movement

Fall (3) Staff.

A survey of several contemporary topics in health including but not
limited to mental/emotional health, cardiovascular health, human
sexuality, nutrition, psychoactive drugs, alcohol and ethical issues.

 

350                  Science of Nutrition

Fall, Spring and Summer (3,3,3) Kambis.

An introductory course beginning with the anatomy and physiology
of the gastrointestinal system. Individual nutrients are discussed and
there is an in depth treatment of life cycle nutrition issues.

 

360                  Physiology of Aging

Fall (3) Looft-Wilson. Prerequisites: KINE 304 or BIOL 225. Not Taught
Fall 2011.

An introduction to the theories of aging, the physiological changes
associated with aging, and common diseases of aging. Class discussion
involves a survey of the basic scientific literature in aging research.
 

370                  Exercise Psychology

Fall (3) Staff.

This course addresses physical activity and exercise as they relate to
psychological health issues. Factors related to physical activity and
exercise participation, intervention planning and adherence also are
addressed. The course is taught with an emphasis on application of
concepts and the critical analysis of scientific research.
 

380                  Introduction to Clinical Practice

Fall, Spring (3,3) Connell.

This course addresses principles of contemporary health care. Students
are introduced to concepts in quality practice and economic
issues affecting current health care delivery.
 

385                  Epidemiology in Public Health

Fall, Spring (3,3) Ickes.

An introduction to the core concepts of epidemiology, which is a study
of the distribution of disease within a population and the factors that
influence that distribution. The course will apply an epidemiologic
lens to current issues in public health and clinical medicine.
 

393                  Health Ethics

Fall, Spring (3,3) J. Charles.

An introduction to health-related ethical problems and the nature of
Emphasis upon ethical problem-solving in personal,
public, and environmental health for Kinesiology & Health Sciences
and Environmental Science/Studies majors.

 

410                  Exercise in Public Health

Fall (3) Staff.

This course examines physical activity and health from an epidemiological
perspective. It addresses rates of physical activity participation
and the burden of prevalent health problems in the US. There is an
emphasis on the relationship between physical activity and health and
the effect of physical inactivity as it relates to disease risk.

 

442                  Exercise Physiology

Fall (4) Harris. Prerequisite KINE 304 or consent of instructor. Corequisite:
KINE 442L.

An in-depth study of the physiological aspects of exercise, fatigue,
coordination, training and growth; functional tests with normal
and abnormal subjects; investigations and independent readings.

 

450                  Cardiovascular Physiology

Spring (3,3) Looft-Wilson. Prerequisites: KINE 304 or BIOL225 or consent
of instructor.

A concentrated study of the normal function of the heart and blood
vessels, coordinated responses of the cardiovascular system, and
general features of cardiovascular diseases. Class discussion involves
a survey of the basic scientific literature in cardiovascular research.

 

455                  Physiology of Obesity

Spring (3) Looft-Wilson. Prerequisites: KINE 304 or BIOL 225 or consent
of instructor.

A seminar course examining the physiology of body weight regulation,
mechanisms of diseases that are associated with obesity and inactivity,
and the role of the fat cell and its secretions in the disease process.

 

Philosophy

 303                  Ethics

Fall and Spring (3,3) Costelloe, Freiman, Gert, Radcliffe, Staff.
An introduction to the problems of ethics and the nature of ethical
reasoning. Included are historically important topics such as hedonism,
egoism, utilitarianism and relativism, as well as contemporary
moral issues such as abortion, euthanasia and civil disobedience.

 

Psychology

 306                  Health Psychology.

 Fall or Spring (3) Gross. Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202.

An overview of psychological theory, research and practice concerning
the prevention, treatment, and progression of illness and the promotion
of health. Specific topics include changing health habits, stress,
pain, chronic and terminal illness, and the health-care delivery system.

 

320                  Community Psychology and Prevention

Fall (3) Staff. Prerequisite: PSYC 202.

This course explores community psychology and the role of illness
prevention and health promotion in mental health. Contemporary
prevention theory emphasizing an ecological and developmental
approach to understanding risk and protective factors is presented.
State-of-the-art model programs and community-based approaches
are highlighted. Community-based preventionists make presentations.
 

 

404                  Practicum in Community Psychology and Prevention

Spring (3) Staff. Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 320.

Supervised learning experiences provide opportunities to relate
theoretical knowledge with the delivery of psychological services in
the community. Students combine practicum with readings tailored
to their placement. A wide range of community based psychological
training opportunities is available. One lecture hour, field trips, and
four-eight hours/week in the community.

 

418                  Research in Abnormal Psychology

Fall or Spring (4) Shean. Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301,
PSYC 302, PSYC 318. Corequisite: PSYC 418L.

This course will cover an in depth study of issues and approaches
to classifying and understanding the origins of selected adult mental
disorders. Students will also be required to develop and complete an
empirical research project on a course-related topic.
 

Religious Studies

 322                  Medicine and Ethics

 Spring (3) Goodson. (Not offered 2011-2012)

A study of moral and religious problems arising in such biomedical
issues as abortion, human experimentation, euthanasia, genetic
engineering, organ transplants and behavior control. Not open to
freshmen.

 

Sociology

 311                  Birth, Sex, Death:  Population and Society

Fall or Spring (3) Sohoni.

This course examines debates about the effects of population growth
on the environment, food supplies, distribution of resources, and
standards of living. It explores the causes and consequences of
population growth, composition, and distribution in economically
developed and underdeveloped areas.

 

362                  Medical Sociology

Fall or Spring (3) Joyce.

This course explores the sociology of health and illness, focusing in
particular on how power and inequality shape the practice of medicine
and the availability of health care in the United States. Special
topics include cancer, genetics, and integrative medicine.

 

405                  Sociology of Aging

Fall or Spring (3) Slevin.

This seminar explores the social, cultural and social-psychological aspects of human aging. Examines the social construction of old age – race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and aging, age and social inequalities, care work, family and aging.

 

426                  Sociology of Mental Illness

Fall or Spring (3) Staff. (Course may not be offered regularly)

This seminar explores sociological aspects of mental illness and
mental health. It examines the social and cultural sources of mental
disorders, definitions, types, distribution within society, and sociological
factors in the treatment of mental illness.

 

Women's Studies

 492                  Women and the Law

Fall or Spring (3,3) Grover.

This course will focus on the status and treatment of women in and
under the law. It will be organized around the themes of women and
work, women and the family, and women and health. Foundations
for discussion will include readings of cases, legislation, historical
and social science materials and jurisprudential work. Fulfills the
Social Science requirement for the Women's Studies major/minor.
(Students must return to campus in time to attend when Law School
classes start, usually one full week before undergraduate classes.)
(Cross listed with PUBP 600 02 and LAW 492 01)

 

For information on self-designed majors and structured interdisciplinary programs, please visit the Charles Center.