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    Vassar College
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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STS 352 - Medicine and (Dis)order: A Social Geography of Healthcare


1 unit(s)
(Same as GEOG 352 ) The healthcare industry is a central component of the modern world. In the case of the United States, it has co-evolved with capitalism, inequality, mass incarceration, and urbanization-among other phenomena. Using a social and historical geographic lens, this course examines the development of medicine as it relates to these phenomena as well as matters of social difference (e.g., gender, sexuality, class, and race) and associated social struggles. Topics include the development of healthcare institutions and related labor regimes, race and medical experimentation, and transgender identity and the healthcare system. In exploring these topics, the course also engages alternative understandings of health and wellness, and organized efforts “from below” to realize alternative, more democratic forms of healthcare.

Not offered in 2017/18.

One 3-hour period.



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