ESPM 162A | Inequality and the Body: Health, Medicine, Society and Environment

2022 Fall | Tues, 3-6 pm | COURSE #27346 | UNITS: 4

Seth Holmes


This Art of Writing lecture course addresses the intersection of inequality and the body at a critical time in the USA and the world. Students consider these inequalities through insightful contemporary, theoretically-informed, and classic readings.

This course is writing-intensive, and involves writing breakouts, peer review, and receiving individualized feedback from GSIs. One goal of the course is to develop students’ skills in, and enjoyment of, writing.

Writing assignments explore topics such as social ecology, structural violence, healing and caring, as well as resistance to inequalities in the social and natural environment and in health.

Employing ethnographic methods in conducting field research, students are also encouraged to explore their primary data through multiple angles and several genres of writing (such as field notes, interviews, annotated bibliographies, graphic novels, book reviews).

These assignments will all build toward each student’s own final ethnographic project related to the body in unequal social and environmental contexts.  

This course has no specific prerequisites, although students should be aware that this is not an introductory class, so basic R&C skills will not be the focus.

(Image from the “I’m Tired” Project by Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans)