Health Humanities


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Health Humanities

Course Description

The humanities and arts provide a unique insight into the human condition, suffering, personhood, and our relationship to medical and health technology. Through these practices, one can develop skills of observation, analysis, empathy and self-reflection, all of which are necessary for the provision of humane health care. Although not everyone in this course will pursue a career in health, all of you will be consumers of health care at some point in your lives. In this course, students will explore the methods of the health humanities (close reading, contextualization, intervention) in the arts (literature, theater, film, and visual arts) and humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history) using texts that explore the themes of health and illness.
In this term’s offering we will be focusing on Humanities about pandemics and how we experience and live with them. By looking at historic and contemporary art and literature, we can gain perspective on the human experience.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Health Humanities