Politics of Health, Medicine, and the Body

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Pol of Health, Medicine & Body

Spring 2021

Taught By: Miriam Ticktin

Section: AX

CRN: 8876

Credits: 4

This class takes as its starting point the fact that in many places, access to medicine has come to epitomize citizenship, equity and social justice. We will examine what this tells us about the shape of contemporary ethics and politics, and to do so, we look at re-workings of the relationship between the body and the state, paying particular attention to the intersection of medicine, health and capitalism. New medical and scientific technologies and the growth of the pharmaceutical industry have changed the ways in which citizens relate to each other and to states, as well as the way states can discipline or help their citizens flourish. We explore why and how these technologies are so provocative, what they achieve, and what they disallow. What social and political hierarchies do they produce, and what notions of humanity? What notions of the ethical do we use to regulate these new technologies? Finally, how have notions of health and medicine expanded to include non-humans, and what are the consequences of this?

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:58am 5/6/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021