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Instructor Info:Elizabeth Conlisk
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Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday
02:30 PM - 05:30 PM Cole Science Center 316

The goals of this Mellon Language Learning course are twofold. The first is to introduce students to key issues in global women's health with a focus on Central America. Topics will span the lifecycle and will be drawn from the fields of infectious disease, reproductive health, nutrition, chronic disease and health policy. Most readings will come from the medical and epidemiologic literature though attention will also be given to the political, economic and social factors that weigh heavily on health. The second goal is to advance students' knowledge of Spanish by integrating Spanish materials into the syllabus. A central text will be the health care manual, "Where There is No Doctor For Women," which is available in both Spanish and English. The course in not intended to be a language course per se, but one that reinforces existing skills and inspires students to pursue further study and practice. Prerequisite: at least two semesters of prior Spanish instruction.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation/grades will be based on the following: 1) class attendance (only one missed class allowed); 2) class participation; 3) small group work; 4) weekly response papers; 5) mid-term paper; 6) final class presentation and paper; 7) efforts to improve Spanish

Additional Info:

In addition to the readings attached to the syllabus below, we will be using the following texts.  These are available for $20 from the Hesperian Foundation website or free of charge by download (see links in syllabus):

Where Women Have No Doctor: A health guide for women.  August Burns, Ronnie Lovich, Jane Maxwell, and Katharine Shapiro. Hesperian Foundation, Berkeley CA, June 2010.

Donde No Hay Doctor Para Mujeres: Un manual para la salud de la mujer. August Burns, Ronnie Lovich, Jane Maxwell, and Katharine Shapiro, Hesperian Foundation, Berkeley CA

The website includes the class topics and readings through March 10.  The remaining classes will be tailored to class interests and needs.