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Spring 2020
Jul 01, 2022
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IDST 133 - MedHum: Living and Dying
How do we conceptualize living with illness and the end of our lives, as individuals and as a society? How do we talk about it, in both private and public spheres? How do we evaluate and attend to the body or mind in decay or decline? Such questions, central to the art and science of medicine, may be best approached through humanistic inquiry – that is, through literature, philosophy, history, and the arts. This course explores the controversial and challenging questions of living and dying through examination of the medical humanities, participating in reflective discussions, and examining real life clinical cases. Participants will be asked to engage with works of literature, film, visual and performing arts that bring into relief central questions of what it means to be and to express oneself as a human being living with serious illness and at the end of life.
1.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Interdisciplinary Studies Department

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