Special Topics Courses

The new Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society is delighted that in 2018-19 we will be able to offer a wide range of special topics courses. Most of these have not been offered before, and all of them count towards program requirements. Some of these may be one-time-only opportunities, so register for them while you can!

Courses may be added at any time based on instructor availability. Check back regularly for updates.

 

FALL 2018

HLTC47H3 F, Special Topics in Health Studies

In the fall 2018 term, the special topic for HLTC47 is Feminist Health Policy Analysis.

This course will teach students how to approach analyzing public policy ethnographically and through a feminist lens. Policy relating to Canadian health and social care, immigration, and educational milieus will be considered. We will focus on how structural determinants such as policy, law and regulation shape everyday lives. 

Prerequisite: HLTB41

Counts towards the BA in Health Policy

 

HLTD22H3 F, Special Topics in Health

In the Fall 2018 term, the special topic for HLTD22 is Food Security and Food Sovereignty. Food security is arguably the most important determinant of health and well being, and yet in many areas of the world there are profound challenges to achieving it. Food sovereignty – the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food, and to self-determined food production – has an important and complex relationship with food security. Using theoretical readings and case studies (in the context of African countries and the nutrition transition challenge), this course will examine these concepts and the challenges faced by communities in achieving them.Prerequisite: Completion of at least 2.0 credits at the C-level in HLT courses and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

 

HLTD47H3 F, Special Topics in Health: Advanced Topics in Health and Wellness

In the Fall 2018 term, the special topic for HLTD47 is Elder Abuse: A Major Public Health Concern. Elder abuse is increasingly recognized as a public health crisis. This course will cover the major types of elder mistreatment, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and neglect, which occur in both community or long-term care institutional settings. Students will become familiar with key theoretical concepts, examine elder mistreatment from diverse cultural perspectives, and learn Canadian policy for managing elder mistreatment.Prerequisite: Completion of at least 2.0 credits at the C-level in HLT courses and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

 

HLTD53H3 F, Special Topics in Health Humanities

In the Fall 2018 term, the special topic of HLTD53 is Documentary and Memoir for Health Humanities. How can we understand humanistic experiences of healthcare? Memoir writing and documentary media are one genre through which people speak for themselves about their experiences of care. In this course, we explore memoirs of physicians and patients, of people living with disability, of those caring for increasingly disabled parents, of global experiences of disaster, and more. We will look at practices of writing, film, and theater to draw conclusions about what makes a documentary voice compelling. We will consider ethical concerns of the genre, and interrogate the line between truth and fiction in mediated expressions of human experiences of health, illness, and disability.

Prerequisites: HLTB50 and an additional 2.0 credits at the C-level in HLT course, and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Counts toward the BA in Health Policy and the minor program in Health Humanities

 

 

WINTER 2019

HLTC28H3 S, Special Topics in Health Studies

In the Winter 2019 term, the Special Topic for HLTC28 is Global Health and Human Biology. Apply your knowledge in human biology to solving real-life cases in global health, such as combating a potential Ebola epidemic in Africa or resolving the acute toxic encephalopathy mystery illness among children in India.  This case-study oriented course will focus on the application of human biology principles in addressing current cases in global health. This course will also examine the social, political and economic milieu in which these cases exist, as well as the dynamic interconnection between global health and human biology.

Prerequisites: HLTB22

Counts towards the BSc in Population Health

 

 

HLTC29H3 S, Special Topics in Health Studies

In the Winter 2019 term, the Special Topic for HLTC29 is Climate Change and Human Health. Climate change is an increasing concern everywhere in the world, and it impacts human health in a variety of ways. For example, it can alter environments so that disease-carrying insects can thrive in areas where they couldn’t before. This course will explore how climate change affects a range of health determinants, such as clean air, safe drinking water, agricultural production, food security, and human/insect ecological relationships, to name just a few factors. The course will also examine policies and interventions that are intended to mitigate some of these concerns.

Prerequisites: HLTB22

Counts towards the BSc in Population Health

 

HLTC48H3 S, Special Topics in Health Studies

In the Winter 2019 term, the special topic for HLTC48 is Global Perspectives on Mental Health and Substance Use
Interest in mental health and substance use is flourishing both locally and globally. This course will examine theoretical and practical issues, challenges, and successes concerning mental health, mental illness, and substance use and abuse. We will explore social and cultural perspectives in multiple global contexts, including Canada, South Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Topics will include: historical and contemporary constructions of the mind and the person; concepts of stigma and resilience; policy, legal, media, and health care responses; and the intersectional ways that social determinants influence opportunities for health and experiences of illness.

Prerequisites: HLTB41

Counts towards the BA in Health Policy and the minor program in Health Humanities

 

HLTC51H3/SOCC51H3 S, Special Topics in Health and Society

The special topic for the Winter 2019 term is Obesity: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions. According to the World Health Organization, over 1.9 billion adults and 340 million children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is a significant issue in society, with a wide range of causes, consequences, and potential solutions. Using a multidisciplinary approach, including social science, public health, medicine, and the humanities, we will critically examine the history of obesity and research evidence to date across a host of issues: individual factors related to lifestyle and behaviour, as well as biological influences; physical and mental health; stigma, inequality, and discrimination; socioeconomic costs; and the role of the social determinants of health. A thorough analysis of the responses by key social institutions, including medicine, the economic system, and government, will be conducted. Finally, the challenges faced by regions beyond Western society will be reviewed.

Prerequisites: HLTB41

Counts toward the BA in Health Policy and the BSc in Population Health

 

HLTC52H3 S, Special Topics in Health Humanities

The special topic for HLTC52 in the Winter 2019 term is Global Disability Studies. This course takes a critical approach to understanding how the category of disability works globally. Starting from a decolonial approach, we will use an integrated social science and humanities approach to understand disability and ableism in global context. Through ethnography, novels, films, and other media, we encounter disability as a relational social experience across diverse locations in China, Kyrgyzstan, the Czech Republic, India, Australia, Africa, and North America. Students will be challenged to consider the manifold social processes by which multiple kinds of bodily difference are stigmatized, and the uneasy relationship of disability studies to the pathologizing practices of medical care and public health.

Prerequisites: HLTB50

Counts toward the BA in Health Policy and the minor program in Health Humanities

 

HLTD04H3 S, Special Topics in Health

In the Winter 2019 term, the Special Topic for HLTD04 is Innovations in Global Health. This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the role of technological and social innovations in global health.  Through lectures, case studies, group projects and exciting guest lectures, students will gain an understanding of the process of developing and scaling technological and social innovations in low- and middle-income countries, taking into account the unique socio-cultural, financial and logistical constraints that are present in such settings. Furthermore, students will develop the necessary aptitude and perspective needed to evaluate and navigate the myriad of challenges in taking such global health innovations to scale. 

Prerequisites: Completion of at least 6.0 credits in HLT courses and a minimum GPA of 2.5, and permission of the instructor

Exclusion: HLTC47

 

HLTD08H3 S, Special Topics in Health Sciences

The special topic of HLTD08 in the Winter 2019 term is Reproductive Health. Reproductive health is defined by the World Health Organization as physical, mental, and social wellbeing across the life course in all domains related to the reproductive system. This course will draw on theories and methods from demography, epidemiology, medicine, and public health to examine the determinants and components of reproductive health. A particular emphasis will be placed on sexual health, family planning, preconception health, and perinatal health and on how these are understood in the context of a growing global population.

Prerequisites: HLTC27/ANTC67 and 2.0 credits at the C-level in HLT courses from the requirements of the Major/Major Co-op program in Health Studies—Population Health (Science).

Recommended preparation: HLTC19 or HLTC25.

Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences.

 

 

HLTD12H3 S, Special Topics in Health

The special topic for HLTD12 in the Winter 2019 term is Embodiment across the Life Course. This course will introduce students to key conceptual and methodological
approaches to studying experiences of embodiment at different points in
the life course. It draws on range of social and cultural perspectives on
bodily activity, exercise, disability, and representations of the body to
encourage students to critically examine relationships between
sociocultural dynamics and health.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least 2.0 credits at the C-level in HLT courses and a minimum CGPA of 2.5.

Recommended preparation: HLTB41 and HLTB15.

 

 

HLTD23H S, Special Topics in Health

The special topic for HLTD23 in the Winter 2019 term is Violence and Health. Violence is a significant public health, human rights, and human development problem that affects millions of people worldwide. Relying on a critical public health perspective, this course explores the structural causes of violence and associated risk factors, the impact violence has on (public) health and human development, and societal responses to treatment and violence prevention.

Completion of at least 2.0 credits at the C-level in HLT courses and a minimum CGPA of 2.5.