Current Course Offerings

Spring 2018

(View minor requirements here)

 

Core Course:

INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES
HURC 201

Instructor: Mitchell, Beverly M.
Examines the history of medicine, concepts of disease vs illness, narrative medicine, health disparities, religion, spirituality, and the role of science and technology on the practices of healthcare. Students will develop skills in close reading, interpretation, historical contextualization, critical thinking. This course is required for the minor in Medical Humanities. (View Registrar Listing)


Electives:

 

 

EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
BIOC 447/547

Instructor: Wagner, Daniel S. and Matthews, Kirstin R.
Current biological methods offer the potential to transform health care. We will examine the biology and methodology of emergent health care technologies such as stem cell therapy and personal genome sequencing to understand their potential to impact human health. (View Registrar Listing)

 

BIOETHICS AND INDIAN TRADITIONS
ASIA 338 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Donaldson, Brianne G.
We will examine western normative ethical theories alongside key concepts in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism regarding definitions of life, death, consciousness, autonomy, disability, pain/pleasure, and how to make decisions in issues such as animal research, disorders of consciousness, abortion, and assisted suicide, among others. (View Registrar Listing)

 

MEDICAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 415

This course introduces students to key issues, theories, and debates related to medical communication, while also helping students develop and reflect on their own communication strategies, and skills as future health care professionals. Sophomores and Freshmen who have fulfilled Rice's First-year Writing-Intensive Seminar requirement for graduation may register by a Special Registration Form. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Sucessfully completed one course, FWIS 101 to 199, to fulfill the Rice's First-year Writing-Intensive Seminar requirement for graduation. (View Registrar Listing)

 

POLITICS OF THE FLESH IN GERMAN LITERATURE, THOUGHT AND FILM
GERM 352 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Blumenthal-Barby, Martin
This course will introduce students to the complex relation between the sphere of politics and the human body as negotiated in German literature, thought and film. We will examine the practices of power that states wield toward the maximization of life and discuss such pressing issues as biopower, eugenics, racism, sexism and genocide. (View Registrar Listing)

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MADNESS
ENGL 245/HURC 245

Instructor: Kozicki, Benjamin J.
Interdisciplinary study of cultural forms as diverse as poetry, advertisement, and film as well as topical interdisciplinary courses on literature and the arts, psychology, cultural studies, film media, anthropology, social theory, philosophy, law, and ethics. Taught by English Department Ph.D. candidates. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 
MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB
ENGL 386/FILM 381 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Ostherr, Kirsten A.
Students will collaborate with health professionals to create solutions to real-world medical communication, visualization and design problems. Working individually and in teams, students will apply critical thinking and theory to hands-on design. Projects may include production of short videos, infographics, app development, 3-D virtual models, creative writing, and other media arts. (View Registrar Listing)

 

CONCEIVING AND MISCONCEIVING THE MONSTROUS IN FICTION AND IN ART, IN MEDICINE AND IN BIOSCIENCE
HUMA 368/BIOC 368 Distribution Group III

Instructor: Gustin, Michael and Harter, Deborah H.
However various the forms of life, we draw boundaries between normal, not normal, and monstrous. From the Biosciences to the Arts, our conceptions of the "monstrous" illuminate our identity, perceptions, and fears. Priority for enrollment beyond the cap given to students also enrolled in ARTS 358. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SCIENCE POLICY, AND ETHICS
NSCI 511

Instructor: Matthews, Kirstin R.
An introduction to the policy, ethics, politics, and legal issues that relate to science and technology - discovery and application. This course presents a framework for analyzing ethical issues in business and professional work. The course then explores the ways in which government policy and business practices can promote or inhibit advances in science and technology while influencing the ethical choices of the professionals involved. Case studies will be used. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ETHICS, MEDICINE, AND PUBLIC POLICY
PHIL 315 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Engelhardt, H T.
The relationship between theories of justice and accounts of the proper allocation of health care is explored. The first half examines Rawls' "Theory of Justice", Nozick's "Anarchy, State, and Utopia", and other accounts of justice and health care. The second addresses specific problems in the allocation of health care resources. (View Registrar Listing)

 

DEATH AND DYING: METAPHYSICS AND ETHICS
PHIL 339

Instructor: Yao, Vida
How are we to respond to the fact of death? This course examines the moral, metaphysical and personal issues surrounding the death of persons. Readings from analytic philosophy and the bioethics literature. (View Registrar Listing)

 

MEDICINE AND THE MUSEUM: CLINICAL AESTHETICS AND THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
RELI 335 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Brennan, Marcia G.
Through weekly visits to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this class develops key skills and engages relevant themes relating to medicine and caregiving, including observation and description, embodiment and motion, eros and suffering, vulnerable populations, grief and loss, human mortality and spiritual transcendence. (View Registrar Listing)

 

 

 


Practica:

 

MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB
ENGL 386 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Ostherr, Kirsten A.
Students will collaborate with health professionals to create solutions to real-world medical communication, visualization and design problems. Working individually and in teams, students will apply critical thinking and theory to hands-on design. Projects may include production of short videos, infographics, app development, 3-D virtual models, creative writing, and other media arts. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HEALTH, HUMANISM, AND SOCIETY SCHOLARS INTERNSHIP 2
HUMA 403

Instructor: Merlo, Gia
The Office of the Dean of Humanities and relevant faculty match students individually with one of a variety of projects in the area of medical humanities. Students conduct research or related activities under guidance of on-site supervisor and section instructor of record. Continuation of HUMA 402; part 2 of a year-long sequence. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HRC PRACTICUM IN HEALTH HUMANITIES
HURC 430

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
This research-based course is conducted in partnership with health institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 10 hours/week on site with health professionals, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM AND OBSERVERSHIP
NSCI 399

Instructor: Merlo, Gia
NSCI 399 consists of lectures to enhance your knowledge of medical professionalism, a writing experience aimed at reflecting on your experiences in both the lectures and clinical settings, and an opportunity to shadow a physician and/or observe in the operating room, intensive care unit or other clinical unit at Houston Methodist hospital. Once enrolled, students will have the opportunity to review the experiences of past students to select a specialty that closely aligns with your goals and expectations. Please note, matching with physicians will not occur until students begin matriculating in NSCI 399. The physician selection process will be explained during class. The process and application deadlines can be found using the following link: https://goo.gl/HD7zsO. NOTE: Space is limited and registration for NSCI 009 DOES NOT GUARANTEE a seat in NSCI 399. (View Registrar Listing)