This course introduces students to health and wellness through the lens of epistemolgoy (the study of ways of knowing). Students will gain a sense of appreciation for the scope and subject of the many ways to understand and think about disease, illenss, well-being, and healing. Ways of knowing and thinking about the world inevitably influence our ways of acting in the world. This course will unpack various ways of thinking about the world to generate comparisons and analysis of some primary bodies of knowledge (modern biomedical sciences, indigenous sciences, etc.). We will critically examine selected knowledge systems to better understand their origins, as well as their perspectives of health and disease. An analysis of ways of knowing about health will also force students to examine their own ways of thinking and being.
- Primary Instructor: Tlahtoki Xochimeh