The way we view dying and death is, not surprisingly, culturally determined. Are we open and accepting? In denial? Staving it off for as long as possible? We will spend the first hour considering death and dying in America through a discussion of the short film Northfound.
Our second hour we will look at mental illness in the United States. How it is defined and who is affected.
For April 20:
- Read, Death, American Style by Lawrence R Samuel on Psychology Today
- Choose an article from this site to read: https://theconversation.com/us/topics/talking-about-death-and-dying-1905
- Write a summary (template it) and a response. Do you agree or disagree? Any why?
- For contrast: death and dying in China
Part 2 of the different high school videos, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rTg7fuE9f8
One of the first social epidemiology studies and a great read, The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. Describes the effort to understand and stop a cholera epidemic in 19th century London.
A prime example of social definition of illness in The Spirit Catches You and Then You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. Presents California doctors trying to treat epilepsy in a young Hmong patient.
FOLLOW-UP from class: