Fall 2024  |  CSPH 5111 Section 001: Cultural Ways of Thinking about Health (32069)

Class Component:
2 Credits
Grading Basis:
S-N or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Partially Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
jr or sr or grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
Fri 01:00PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms NOROOMREQD
Fri 01:00PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms NOROOMREQD
Fri 01:00PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms NOROOMREQD
Fri 01:00PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms NOROOMREQD
Fri 01:00PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms NOROOMREQD
09/03/2024 - 12/11/2024
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Ideas and approaches to health, healing, and well-being can differ significantly in today's diverse, complex and multi-cultural society. This course offers you the opportunity to step into different cultural communities beyond campus as they work to create health and reclaim vitality. In this hybrid class, you select from a menu of in-person, experiential, micro-immersion field trip opportunities offered during the semester. The in-person, experiential dimension of this class asks you to select a minimum of 20 in-person hours from the field trips and volunteer opportunities over the course of the semester. This in-person dimension builds your capacity to appreciate culturally different understandings of health and approaches to healing. Your experiential learning during the semester is supported by asynchronous readings and assignments as laid out in the Canvas site. The field trips are in-person events giving you first-hand experiential glimpses designed to help you "gain a feel" for culturally different systems of knowledge and value outlooks. These in-person experiences also give you a different standpoint from which to reflect back upon your own ideas of health through critical thinking and reflection. This work helps you to better recognize the culture you carry with you as you step into intercultural spaces. You will learn to better "see" what is often hidden in plain sight; what you have taken for granted as true; what you had not questioned. I ask you to challenge your own thinking and better recognize the culture you carry in your thinking as you experience culturally different systems of thought. This points to the critical self-reflection and cultural self-study work of the class. You will also apply this examination to the professional fields of your interest, sharing your insights with learners in other professions, bringing together interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. prereq: jr, sr, grad, or instr consent
Class Notes:
This class meets partially online, with 20 hours of required in person field trip experiences, chosen from those listed for Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 11, Oct 25, and Nov 8. In addition to those options, there is an alternate option to attend a weekend field trip to White Earth reservation Sept 6-8 to meet 16 of the required 20 hours. Individually arranged options also exist. More details will be provided in the course syllabus. z.umn.edu/csph5111
Class Description:
CSPH 5111 "Ways of Thinking About Health" offers students a rare opportunity to explore diverse cultural contexts through field-trip immersion experiences. In this course, we will explore fundamental aspects of several different health-care systems, including Indigenous North American Medicine, Vedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and biomedicine. The field-trip learning serves as a micro-cultural immersion experience for the purpose of helping students to understand different worldviews and systems of knowledge that do not correspond to a scientific model. The course is based upon the idea that thinking about different worldviews and healing systems from a detached, survey perspective is a quite different matter than thinking critically within the system being explored to attain deeper learning. Each field trip experience will be followed by a writing assignment, where the student will write on a health care issue of their choice, but from within the perspective of the system being studied. This approach is designed to allow each student the maximum opportunity to explore, experience, appreciate and articulate the cultural diversity in ways of thinking about health.
70% Reflection Papers
30% In-class Presentations
Class Format:
20% Lecture
30% Discussion
50% Field Trips
4 Paper(s)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 June 2012

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