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Fall 2017
Nov 22, 2017
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STIA 366 - Environment in Africa
 STIA 366 is a seminar course dedicated to learning more about critical global health problems through film. The focus of the seminar will be on the growing field of global health and will highlight diverse experiences of health care and disease across the world. Drawing on perspectives from global studies, public health, and film studies, the course will introduce students to ways of analyzing and understanding global health issues through film. At the same time, students will learn skills fro critically responding to films. We will explore how films: represent populations and diseases; create narratives about global health; expand our understanding of critical global issues; and compel different kinds of action in response to those issues.

Film is a powerful medium for storytelling and promoting our understanding of diverse cultures and experiences. Film is also a very effective communication tool—one that is gaining increased attention in public health and global health. As a result, we won’t just be watching films for their entertainment value in this course. Rather, we’ll be exploring and analyzing how films communicate, and what stories they tell about our contemporary world. Be prepared to watch films with a critical eye, asking many questions about their content, message, and style.

In addition to studying the films themselves, this course will use films to familiarize you with the emerging field of global health. Through films and readings, we will develop a historical understanding of contemporary global health issues, and learn more about pressing global health problems and their solutions. You should approach global health issues with an open mind, and be willing to learn about diverse cultures and experiences.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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