UTSC Minor Program in Health Humanities

As of April 1 2017, undergraduate students at UTSC will be able to enrol in Canada’s first undergraduate Minor Program in Health Humanities. Links to the UTSC Calendar will be updated as they are made available. The information that follows is for students’ planning purposes, and is identical to what will appear in the UTSC Calendar 2017-18.


MINOR PROGRAM IN HEALTH HUMANITIES (ARTS)

The Minor in Health Humanities provides an interdisciplinary exploration of human health and illness through the methods and materials of the creative arts, humanities, and critical social sciences. Students’ understanding of the humanistic, philosophical, historical, and artistic study of health—past and present—will be developed by attending closely to how literature, philosophy, history, and critical social sciences reveal the aesthetic, ethical, and multicultural contexts of health, disability, medical research and policy. This interdisciplinary Minor is open to all undergraduates regardless of major or disciplinary background.

Students will note that some courses at the B-, C-, and D-levels may have additional pre- requisites; therefore, students selecting the Minor as a Subject POSt must choose their courses carefully to ensure that they have the necessary prerequisites. Permission to count courses indicated by an asterisk (*) towards the Minor in Health Humanities must be received from the Program Supervisor, and will be granted in cases where the student’s work demonstrably engages Health Humanities-related content and/or research methods.

Note: Relevant Health Humanities-related courses selected from other academic units and disciplines, not already listed below, may be approved for the Minor in Health Humanities on a case-by-case basis.

This program requires the completion of 4.0 credits, as follows:

1. 1.0 credit at the B-level:
HLTB50H3 Introduction to Health Humanities
PHLB09H3 Biomedical Ethics

2. 0.5 credit to be chosen from:
ENGB02H3 Effective Writing in the Sciences
ENGB05H3 Critical Writing about Literature

3. At least 1.0 credit at the C or D-level to be chosen from the following:
ANTC24H3 Culture, Mental Illness, and Psychiatry
ANTC61H3 Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing in Cultural Perspective
ENGC44H3 Self and Other in Literature and Film
HLTC50H3 The Human-Animal Interface
WSTC40H3 Gender and Disability
WSTC12H3 Writing the Self: Global Women’s Autobiographies
ANTD10H3 The Anthropology of ‘Life’ Itself
ANTD01H3 The Body in Culture and Society
ENGD12H3 Topics in Life Writing
HLTD50H3 Special Topics in Health Humanities
HLTD51H3 Aging and the Arts
HLTD52H3 Special Topics in Health: Health Histories (new 2017-18)

4. 1.5 credits to be chosen from the following:
CTLB03H3 Introduction to Service Learning* (either In-Reach or Out-reach with a relevant Health Humanities-related course or off-campus partner)
ENGB12H3 Life Writing
ENGB52H3 Literature and Science
ENGB74H3 The Body in Literature and Film

If not used to complete Requirement 2: 
ENGB02H3 Effective Writing in the Sciences
ENGB05H3 Critical Writing about Literature
HLTB42H3 Perspectives of Culture, Illness and Healing
ANTC24H3 Culture, Mental Illness, and Psychiatry

If not used to complete Requirement 3:
ANTC61H3 Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing in Cultural Perspective
ENGC44H3 Self and Other in Literature and Film
HLTC50H3 The Human-Animal Interface
WSTC40H3 Gender and Disability
WSTC12H3 Writing the Self: Global Women’s Autobiographies
ANTD10H3 The Anthropology of ‘Life’ Itself
ANTD01H3 The Body in Culture and Society
ENGD12H3 Topics in Life Writing
HLTD50H3 Special Topics in Health Humanities
HLTD51H3 Aging and the Arts
HLTD52H3 Special Topics in Health: Health Histories
HLTD01H3 Directed Readings in Health Studies*

Note: These groups of courses engage methods, content, and/or issues relevant to arts and humanities based approaches to health. They provide students with the opportunity to explore more specialized topics related to Health Humanities based on their academic interest and professional aspirations.

Permission to count courses indicated by an asterisk (*) towards the Minor in Health Humanities must be received from the Program Supervisor, and will be granted in cases where the student’s work demonstrably engages Health Humanities-related content and/or research methods.

Questions? Contact Program Supervisor Professor A. Charise (acharise@utsc.utoronto.ca).