New General Education Course on Women in Medicine

Published: December 01, 2020 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 2 minutes

New course on women in medicine What do pandemics, women’s suffrage, and midwifery have in common? Find out by enrolling in Southern Utah University’s new general education course on Women in Medicine. This course will examine the topic from both a biological and historical perspective with Dr. Carrie Bucklin, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Laura Davis, assistant professor of history. This 6-credit course was developed as part of a Curriculum Innovation Grant from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

“Women in Medicine will focus on the historical influences of women in medical developments and professionalization,” said Dr. Davis. “From the Life Sciences perspective, we will be discussing biological basics and a variety of scientific topics related to women's health. From the Humanities perspective, we will divert from typical history chronologies to explore the roles that enslaved & indigenous women played in gynecological developments, the poisoning of the ‘radium girls’, and the medico-scientific discoveries by women. We will also explore women's representation in medical pop culture ('Call the Midwife', 'Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman', 'Grey's Anatomy, etc.).”

Like the general education course on professional wrestling, this course is part of the integrated general education initiative and will be offered in Spring 2021. The CETL promotes interdisciplinary teaching and learning in addition to the opportunity for faculty from different disciplines to collaborate and create thematic courses. The Women in Medicine course integrates life science and humanities, fulfilling the general education requirement in each area.

The course has an exciting, dynamic syllabus that covers many topics from the United State’s founding mothers to the brave suffragettes and everything in between. There will also be opportunities for trips outside of class to participate in other activities related to the materials and topics.

“This class will provide a unique opportunity to investigate the roles women played in scientific discoveries, as well as their influence on our understanding of women's health topics,” said Dr. Bucklin.

SUU 2250 will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-5:15 p.m. Classes will be broken up into mini-sessions each meeting. The CRN to register for the course is 10207. Explore all of SUU’s course offerings on the course catalog.

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