WGSS 371
Campus and Community Health in Disruptive Times Spring 2024
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed STS 370 / ANTH 371
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We study and seek “campuses where students feel enabled to develop their life projects, building a sense of self-efficacy and respecting others, in community spaces that work to diminish rather than augment power asymmetries.” —Sexual Citizens (Hirsch and Khan, 2020). Students will design and pursue innovative ethnographic projects that explore campus or community health. We will learn ethnographic techniques such as observant participation, interviewing, focus groups, qualitative surveys, as well as design thinking and data visualization skills. We use and critique the methods of medical anthropology and medical sociology in order to hone our skills in participatory research. Every week, we collaborate with and share our research with our participants and peers both inside and outside class through a variety of innovative exercises. We attend to the parallel roles of narrative and listening in both medicine and ethnography, as we contrast the discourse of providers & patients along with researchers & participants. We aim to understand the strengths and limits of ethnographic inquiry while privileging marginalized voices and attending to power and identity within our participatory research framework. We recognize that our campus health projects are always already shaped by power and privilege, as we examine the ways that daily life, individual practices, and collective institutions shape health on and off campus. Our ethnographic case studies explore how systemic inequalities of wealth, race, gender, sex, ethnicity, and citizenship shape landscapes of pediatric care, mental health, maternity care, and campus sexual assault in the US and elsewhere. We consider how lived practices shape health access & outcomes as well as well-being in our communities and on our campus.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3628
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly attendance, 3 written fieldnotes (3000 words), weekly writing & fieldwork exercises in class and out of class, a final presentation that includes data visualizations and analysis of research findings.
Prerequisites: A course in Anthropology, Sociology, STS or in DIV II is strongly recommended
Enrollment Preferences: Majors in Anthropology, Sociology, WGSS; Concentrators in PH, STS, ASIA, ENVI
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
STS 370 Division II WGSS 371 Division II ANTH 371 Division II
WS Notes: This class assignments includes over 9,000 words of essay assignments, and will help students develop critical writing skills, including use of rhetoric, evidence, argument, synthesizing data, logic, and anticipating counter-arguments.
DPE Notes: This class uses experiential learning to examine the intersectionality of race, class, gender, & sexuality in impacting healthcare and health outcomes. It explores the ways that intersectionality and implicit bias shapes health and well-being in patient/provider encounters as well as ethnographic research. It engages with and critiques efforts to 'improve' community and individual health outcomes in the US and elsewhere across the globe.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
PHLH Methods in Public Health
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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