SOC-3080 Wellness and Alternative Medicine

3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

This course documents the history, nature and scientific basis of wellness and alternative medicine from Era I and the biomedical model, through Era II and mind/body medicine to Era III and non-local medicine. Diverse healing traditions including Native American, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine are explored. Alternative health care proactices including acupuncture, homeopathy and naturopathy are examined. The nature of scientific evidence for the field of psychoneuroimmunology is discussed in addition to the changing nature of the medical treatment environment–new doctor/patient relationships, new protocols for scientific evidence, integrated diagnosis, and new ways of conceptualizing health and illness. Meets Part III of the GECC.