Irrepressible Bodies: Hope, Health, and Resilience in a Turbulent World
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Resilience is the capacity to transform in response to significant change. In this time of social turbulence, the idea of “irrepressible” bodies will be our gateway to exploration of human health and human communities, and their potential for resilient transformation.
Critical health literacy – understanding and measuring health in its social, political, and economic contexts, and developing skills to enact change toward social justice and resilience -- will be an important area of focus, bringing into our work the science-related fields of public health and epidemiology. During fall and winter quarters, we’ll also inquire into the structures and functions of the human mind-body. Our work together will encompass introductory anatomy and physiology, stress physiology, pathology case studies, and hands-on laboratory sessions. We’ll explore hope as it relates to change, and the workings of the civic and governance aspects of communities in enabling individual and communal health.
Study of queer and gender identities and communities in a range of cases and contexts will thread throughout the program. We’ll also consider the powerful, intersectional ways in which race, class, and dis/ability shape health and social conditions in neighborhoods, workplaces, and nations. In spring quarter we’ll examine nutrition, the microbiome, and the nutritionally and socially-related conditions of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity through an equity lens. We’ll also continue study of community through participant- designed projects that engage health and change with hope and resilience.
Class sessions will feature a mix of lectures, seminars, hands-on learning activities, and workshops. Program participants will have opportunities to develop the habits of mind of analytic, innovative, and resilient thinkers. Development of skills in crafting clear and thoughtful spoken and written communications, in critical inquiry, and in cultivating a collaborative culture of resilience and relationship-building will be an essential component of the program. Willingness to learn how to think about and work with data is necessary; previous work with numbers beyond basic addition, subtraction, and division is not. Work in Irrepressible Bodies will prepare students for continued study and eventual employment in these fields: health, health care and medicine, human biology, community organizing, journalism, social work, education, public health, and public administration.
Greener Foundations: This program will incorporate Greener Foundations, a holistic course designed for first-time, first-year students. Faculty and staff collaborate to bring study skills, academic planning, health and wellness education, advising, and more into the classroom. More information at Greener Foundations .
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
health, health care and medicine, biological sciences, community organizing, journalism, social work, education, public health and public administration.
Class Size: 35
75% Reserved for Freshmen
Located in: Olympia
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