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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6891

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-02-09
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1802 2005-11-04
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medical Ethics and Humanities (Internal Medicine) MD 610605
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Lois LaCivita Nixon 9745300

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6891 Medicine and the Movies

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Medicine and the Movies
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    In-depth explorations of the ways in which film presents and illuminates ethical dilemmas/other topics in modern medicine. Students evaluate film stories critically so that exaggerations, distortions, and accuracies can be considered and discussed.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Film, an important humanities discipline, has become an valuable source for approaching complex ethical issues and concerns. What medical professionals learn from the medical textbook, the public learns, in large part, from newspaper stories, television,

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is a MABMH elective with a content focus on both ethics and medical humanities.

    The course was offered as Continuing Credit one semester

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 2

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PHD in Humanities for the course director, medical degree or equivalent for participating health professionals, and film study training/expertise for at least one participating faculty member.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Appreciate the contribution of commercial and art films to the analysis of contemporary issues in ethics and health care

    Understand how film serves as an increasingly important source of information for the lay public

    Gain an understanding of filmmaking and film criticism

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Consider how film interprets and conveys medical information to the public.

    Develop an understanding of how ethical issues are depicted in film and how the depiction can manipulate perspectives.

    Identify the influence of filmmakers nationally and internationally.

    Cultivate an awareness of the diverse political, cultural and demographic milieus in which films are made. Identify the relationship of new headlines to cinematic responses.

    Acquire an enhanced understanding of social and cultural conditions that extend beyond the clinical setting.

    Identify the formal conventions of filmmaking, such as story structure, perspective, editing, setting, etc.

    Distinguish the differences between commercial films and art films.

    C. Major Topics

    Ethical dilemmas and choices, beginning-of-life issues, aging issues, end-of-life issues, disability, gender, global issues, etc. Each course has a specific focus.

    D. Textbooks

    Varies with course topic.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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