Shanghai is a city rich with medical knowledge and history, and is the perfect place to explore a wide range of health practices. Acknowledging both ancient and modern, this program walks you through biomedicine in the context of China’s rapidly shifting culture.
This course first looks at the socio-cultural dimensions of health, introducing the recurring themes of medicalization, biopower, and traditional Chinese medicine. The second section examines how China addresses global health issues like aging, mental health, and infectious disease. In the final section you’ll explore different biomedical technologies and their influence on life and death: IVF, prenatal genetic testing, organ transplant, and stem cell research.
As you learn about biomedicine you’ll also analyse medical practices from a social and cultural point of view. This course aims to spark curiosity about how illness and suffering are shaped by political economy, and how healing systems are considered as social institutions and sources of authority in human knowledge. You’ll leave well equipped for your future medical studies as well as research based in current health trends, transitions, and policies.