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Racism and Health Disparities

HNRS 2020 Sec. 064 - Spring 2022

Dr. Raquel Robvais Department of Communication Studies

Tu Th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
218 French House

COVID-19 has reminded us of the questions we wrestle with in the care of our health. Does care belong to us, is it bequeathed to us or something we borrow for a bit, only to be taken away? This isn’t anything new or novel, African Americans and other marginalized communities have lived with this uncertainty. The health of black and brown bodies is often negotiated and devalued, taking shape in all sorts of ways: environmental injustices and exclusion of pain medication, artificial intelligence, and the assertion of human difference. This course lays a theoretical foundation for students to understand why we are seeing health inequities today. We will examine how social factors such as poverty, community context, work environments, etc. affect our health. A critical observation and sustained examination over the semester will lead us to understand that America’s collision with COVID-19, the disparity in health care, the denial of health equity is the fulfillment of the omen, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities
Social Sciences