MHH 301 Narrative Medicine, 3 credits
This course uses a narrative approach to explore the relationship between health, healing and social justice. Assessing how all forms of discrimination are linked to health status provides students with a fundamental understanding of the connection between economic status, political power, social rights, opportunities and social justice. The narrative approach gives voice to the vulnerable and disadvantaged and encourages an understanding and articulation of the human dimension in health care. Narrative practice is concerned with issues of trauma, body, and inter-subjectivity. This course examines the interconnectedness of social identity and the larger social, political, and cultural realities by combining theoretical articles and illness narratives. The challenge is how to honor the illness narratives and transform the stories of injustice and discrimination into stories of health, healing and social justice.
Prerequisite: MHH 201