SOC-4030 Global Health, Diversity, and Policy

3 credits

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

In this course students will analyze the crises of the environment, the economy, biological diversity, human health, and social justice at the global level. Students will explore the manners in which social processes and social organizations create conditions that threaten the sustainability of environmental and human health. Although these are interdisciplinary areas of study, in its approach to these questions, the course draws on sociological theory. To provide an appropriate background for our analyses, the readings cover topics ranging from case studies of health conditions in African communities, to land distribution in Central America, to U.S. foreign policy and to corporate control of genetic engineering. Meets Part III of the GECC.