Spring 2018  |  GLOS 3900 Section 001: Topics in Global Studies -- The Politics of Global Health (69274)

Class Component:
3 Credits (5 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/16/2018 - 05/04/2018
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, East Bank
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Course Catalog Description:
Topics vary each semester. See Class Schedule.
Class Description:
This course explores how interlocking gender and race relations have influenced the management and experience of health and disease among people of African descent from the periods of slavery and colonialism until the present. It traces how the pathologization of the African body has engendered inequitable - and unethical - treatment of black people in the clinical practice of medicine, the execution of health research, and the management of public health systems. At the same time, it examines strategies adopted by populations of African descent to combat harmful stereotypes and hold authorities accountable for disproportionate distributions of disease in their communities. Sub-topics include medical experimentation on black populations in European colonies and in the US; the construction of conditions such as sickle cell as "black" disease in the US; the clinical, scientific, and discursive exclusion of blacks from chronic diseases of "civilization" or "development" such as cancer; the global politics of HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and treatment; the (mis)management of "tropical" disease such as Ebola, Zika, malaria and sleeping sickness; and strategies to control the African reproductive body through policies related to marriage, prostitution, sterilization, abortion, and contraception. This is a highly interdisciplinary course that draws on medical sociology and anthropology, history, science and technology studies (STS), epidemiology, global health, population and development, and human rights.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 April 2017

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