Instructor: Dr. Tannistha Samanta

http://people.iitgn.ac.in/~tannistha/

 

A graduate-level course offered in Fall 2018. This course should be relevant to students in public health, medical sociology, and public policy.
This course draws on medical anthropology, public health, and development literature to examine the relationship between disease, health, and inequality. The course will encourage students’ critical engagement in understanding the embodiment of inequality and the larger historical, social and economic forces that shape people’s health experiences globally. In particular, the course will begin with a discussion on the links between science and colonialism and subsequently move on to more contemporary debates on the inequalities of disease, suffering and infections (e.g. HIV/AIDS and Ebola), social determinants of health and illness, organ trafficking and commodification of human bodies, bioethics of global health practices and a critique of humanitarian aid and market-based medicine in the context of global health. The course will conclude with an examination of medicalized resistance to power and health as a human right.

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