UN3879: The Medical Imaginary | L. Sharp

Undergraduate Seminar
W 10:10-12PM

How might we speak of an imaginary within biomedicine? This course interrogates the ideological underpinnings of technocratic medicine in contexts that extend from the art of surgery to patient participation in experimental drug trials. Issues of scale will prove especially important in our efforts to track the medical imaginary from the whole, fleshy body to the molecular level. Key themes include everyday ethics; ways of seeing and knowing; suffering and hope; and subjectivity in a range of medical and sociomedical contexts.

Prerequisites: Open to anthropology majors; non-majors require instructor’s permission. Not open to first-year students. 

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