SOC-3230 Alternative Medicine, Science, and Disease

3 credits

Prerequisite: SOC-3080.

This course investigates the nature of diverse global health care systems and critically compares claims for healing disease. Students use a sociocultural interdisciplinary lens to examine the language, concepts, theories, practices, technologies, and evidence of health care models that include allopathic biomedicine, Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, Indian Ayurveda, naturopathy, chiropractic, and Native American Healing; to examine mind/body modalities that include meditation, biofeedback, and to examine yoga and energetic medical models that include reiki, aromatherapy and homeopathy. Students learn investigative research skills to evaluate the science, the safety and the efficacy of evidence for healing, and also the cross-cultural communicative fluency skills to articulate collective evidence that bears upon disease healing.