Cross Listed Med Humanities Course Descriptions within Humanities


Spring Quarter (S18)

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Spring Quarter (S18)

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This course explores the intersection of art and medicine over a wide range of periods and places. It is not a comprehensive survey (there is no such thing). Instead, it focuses on case studies that illuminate the way in which art has played an integral part in medical practice, while also offering a critical lens onto that practice. Medicine was never, and is not now, a set of value-free applications and practices. Attention to images and image-making provides a purchase on how medicine has historically been based on assumptions and biases about people, bodies, and illness. In this class, we will look at the way in which medicine has represented and constructed views of human anatomy, the relationship between illness and art-making, the depiction of doctors and patients, the characterization of illness in gendered and racialized terms, the world of molecular medical art, and medical activism. There is no textbook for this class, but there will be weekly readings and several guest lecturers.

Days: TU TH  11:00-12:20 PM


History   136D     ANCIENT MEDICINE

Studies in selected areas of Medicine and Health Care history. Topics addressed vary each quarter.


Medical Humanities 195: The Clinical Moral Laboratory
Capstone Seminar
Jim Lee                                      Spring 2018
Class: Th 2-4:50 pm                  Office: HG 3331
Classroom: HG 3341                Office hours: Th 10 am-12 pm or by appt.

Course Description
What are the meanings of and responses to human suffering in an increasingly globalized world? Medical Humanities attempts to answer this question by addressing the human side of medicine and by drawing from theoretical, critical and practical insights from across the social sciences, humanities, and the arts to explore the meanings attached to illness, disease, embodiment, disability, health and therapeutic encounters (from both a professional and patient perspective). This class brings together a diverse array of coursework in Medical Humanities by situating your knowledge in the spaces where acute and chronic health care most centrally takes place: the clinical site of the hospital. Reading both critical and personal narratives from various agents in this setting—doctors, nurses, patients—you will explore the ethics and politics of the clinical encounter, and the importance of narrative making in the creation of meaning in these “moral laboratories.” Finally, you will participate in exercises designed to hone your capacities of listening and observation, to develop strategies of self-awareness, and to provide an opportunity to reflect on how clinical settings might inform and challenge your critical reading practices.

James Kyung-Jin Lee
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English
Department of Asian American Studies
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-6900

Days: TH  02:00-04:50 PM