This is the FAQ for my Fall 2017 Medicine & Society course.
When does the course meet? What is the catalog number?
We will meet MWF 10-11 a.m. The catalog information is HON 3301H: Readings in Medicine & Society: Ancient Medicine (20059).
What will we read for the class?
The Fall 2017 reading list (as of March 2017) is:
- The Hippocratic Writings (selections)
- Sophocles, Philoctetes
- Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
- The Asclepius testimonies (Edelstein and Edelstein)
- Hebrew Bible: selections from Leviticus, Kings, and Psalms
- Apocrypha: Tobit and a short selection from Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)
- New Testament: the Gospel of Mark, selections from the Gospel of John, Acts, 1 Corinthians, and James
- Selections from the Babylonian Talmud
- Ibn Riḍwān's "On the Treatment of Bodily Ills in Egypt"
What sort of work will I do for credit?
There are two student experiences that I design into my Med Soc courses:
- Once during the semester, you will be responsible for leading the first ten minutes of class. You will write a two-page presentation and read it to the class, after which another student will respond formally, at which point the rest of the class will join in a general discussion of your presentation. This work has frequently brought out the best in my students.
- You will submit a term project over which you will have a good deal of creative control. My students have successfully submitted traditional research papers, field work-based ethnographic essays, films, performances, personal narratives, and archaeological reconstructions. I am open to a wide variety of types of work, and will work with you to design a project that demonstrates your learning and engagement, and to establish high standards by which to evaluate your work.
BabMed Seminar 4 (via Agade listserv): http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/babmed/konferenzen/Workshops-Conferences-all/index.html