Special Topics Courses

ICHS offers a variety of special topics course to complement permanent courses and develop new course sequences. All of the special topics courses count towards program requirements. Some of these may be one-time-only opportunities, so register for them while you can!

Visit the academic course calendar or speak with the ICHS registrar to determine which topics courses suit your major path.

Winter 2020

HLTC48H3, Special Topics in Health Studies
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

HLTC52H3 S, Special Topics in Health Humanities
The special topic for HLTC52 in the Winter 2020 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

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: HLTC27H3 with a minimum grade of 70%; and an additional 1.5 credits at the C-level in HLT courses from the program requirements from the Major/Major Co-op program in Health Studies - Population Health.

HLTD53H3 S, Special Topics in Health Humanities

In the winter 2020 term, the special topics course HLTD53 is Beyond the Patient Perspective: Documentary and Memoir Workshop. 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. Building on C-level courses in Health Humanities methods, in this course students further explore how works of documentary and memoir are made, and have an opportunity to workshop their own final projects that may take the form of creative works or critical papers. We explore memoirs of physicians and patients, of people living with disability, of those caring for increasingly disabled parents, of global experiences of disaster, intersectional experiences of immigrant mental health, and more. We 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: HLTB50H3 with a minimum grade of 70%; an additional 1.5 credits at the C-level in HLT courses from the program requirements from one of the Major/Major Co-op programs in Health Studies.

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