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AKB-265735-19
Medical Humanities in a Global Context
Benjamin Young, University of South Florida

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=AKB-265735-19

Spatial Effects: Places for Healing and Well-being (Course or Curricular Materials)
Title: Spatial Effects: Places for Healing and Well-being
Author: Atsuko Sakai
Abstract: The places we inhabit everyday are mostly invisible for the majority of people. Unless we provide an opportunity to observe and analyze them—our surroundings are generally taken for granted much like breathing air. Most people do not realize that our surroundings and how they are designed can affect our daily functions and behavior— often unconsciously, and that good design can contribute in a positive way to our feelings and healing because the ultimate goal of spatial design is the embodiment of human experience. In this course, we will start with phenomenology of architecture, and then we will apply these concepts to spatial designs for care, healing, and well-being. The course consists of five critical themes: 1) Design Philosophy; 2) Neuroscience and Architecture; 3) Places for Healing in a Global Context; 4) Places for Well-being in a Local Context; and 5) Design Thinking - Design Processes for Improving our Surroundings.
Year: 2020
Audience: Undergraduate

Narrative Medicine (Course or Curricular Materials)
Title: Narrative Medicine
Author: Lindy Davidson
Abstract: Medical institutions rely heavily on lists in order to communicate with and about patients (Browning, 1992), yet Arthur Frank (1995) says that patients find their way through illness by telling their stories. In order to improve understanding about patients’ perspectives of health and illness, their stories must be reclaimed from the diagnostic lists and treatments that dominate patient identities. As medical schools begin to select students based not only on their scientific acumen but also their understanding of the humanities, they are recognizing what Rita Charon (2008) states: Along with their growing scientific expertise, doctors need the expertise to listen to their patients, to understand as best they can the ordeals of illness, to honor the meanings of their patients’ narratives of illness, and to be moved by what they behold so that they can act on their patients’ behalf (p. 3). In addition to aiding in their treatment of patients, narrative medicine offers a means for medical practitioners to reflect on difficult cases by exploring their emotions and personal challenges in a career that is marked by significant stress (Roscoe, 2012). Students will read illness narratives and the theoretical background of narrative medicine, develop their own personal narratives of health and illness, and work with others to narrativize their illness experiences.
Year: 2019
Audience: Undergraduate

Masculinities, Health, & (Dis)Order (Course or Curricular Materials)
Title: Masculinities, Health, & (Dis)Order
Author: Holly Singh
Abstract: This course centers on how masculinities influence health behaviors, outcomes, and ethical debates in the contemporary world, introducing and drawing on methods of inquiry, discovery, and knowledge creation from the social and behavioral sciences. Topics will include: making gender and gendered bodies; sexuality and changing gender roles; family and male honor; men's health; and masculinities in religion, nationalism, violence, and global commerce.
Year: 2019
Audience: Undergraduate

Health, Healing, and Everyday Crises in Southeast Asia (Course or Curricular Materials)
Title: Health, Healing, and Everyday Crises in Southeast Asia
Author: Holly Singh
Abstract: Using regions in the Majority World as sites of study, this course explores how the interconnectedness of diverse spaces, places, and peoples constitute community. Through the examination of locales, historical periods, and the people who inhabit them, students will take an interdisciplinary approach to the relationships between the local, regional and global.
Year: 2020
Audience: Undergraduate

Acquisition of Knowledge: Medical Humanities in a Global Context (Course or Curricular Materials)
Title: Acquisition of Knowledge: Medical Humanities in a Global Context
Author: Atsuko Sakai
Author: Benjamin Young
Abstract: Ranging from classical philosophy to the digital age, the course invites students to explore the different ways in which knowledge is created and consumed, how understanding is cultivated, the various relationships possible between knowledge and the self, and the implications of these in our contemporary world. Through an examination of common topics, independent research, studio experiences, and assignments, this course will explore the meaning and value of interdisciplinary inquiry for the cultivation of practical wisdom in our personal and civic lives.Unlike our typical AOK classes, this class focuses on a specific theme, Medical Humanities (MH). DSS 1-MHGC:Why Study Medical Humanities? DSS 2-MHGC:Introducing Medical Humanities: History & Concept DSS 3-MHGC:Exploring Philosophical Approaches DSS 4-MHGC:Eudaimonia: Human Well-being beyond the Absence of Illness DSS 5-MHGC:Theory & Practice: Making Art Accessible to People DSS 6-MHGC:Theory & Practice: Observing & Making Sense DSS 7-MHGC:Problem Solving: Architecture & Design DSS 8-MHGC:Existential Case Study: Judgment & Context DSS 9-MHGC:Existential Case Study: Stories DSS 10-MHGC:Conclusion: Medical Humanities in a Global Context Medical Humanities (DSS) sessions will include specific cases and stories along with additional resources for your reference. Therefore, the course-preparation materials for Medical Humanities are multi-faceted, which is intended to help you explore different types of, ideas about, and approaches to Medical Humanities within a limited timeframe. Ultimately, you should be able to provide your own answer to the question “What are Medical Humanities?” and at the end of the semester you might discover areas within the field of Medical Humanities you would be interested in when considering your Medical Humanities pathway at the Honors College.
Year: 2019
Audience: Undergraduate


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