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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6890

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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
    1804 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 6890 Medicine and the Arts

    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 Arts
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    Study opportunities in metropolitan cities in which students engage in one week of intensive study.(Medical Centers, Museums, Theatre)

  3. Justification

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

    Short, high intensity course for working students.

    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 Med IV and MABMH elective with a content focus on ethics and medical humanities.

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

    Yes, 1

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

    PhD in Humanities. Participating faculty from NYU have PHD or MD degrees.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Recognize and identify specific representations from the arts that extend and illuminate ranges of illness and suffering.

    Evaluate the reasons for the production of specific works for today’s audiences as well as the effect it probably produces.

    Understand how catastrophic events are responded to and interpreted by writers and artists.

    Consider the historical place of Bellevue hospital in medical history.

    Gain hands on familiarity with the NYU School of Medicine Literature and Medicine Data Base from the design staff and editor.

    Meet with significant figures in the arts. (novelist, museum staff, theater director, filmmaker)

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Understand how the Arts in their various forms (theatre, history, visual art, literature) depict and frame the human story.

    Visit various museums with docents who will discuss current exhibits and specific works that relate to the human story and human suffering.

    Meet with a distinguished theater figure to learn about the role of theater as an interpreter of social currents.

    Hear from medical colleagues (NYU School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, Mutter Museum, etc.) about programs and courses in Medical Humanities.

    C. Major Topics

    Portrayal of the human condition (suffering, Alzheimer’s disease, aging concerns, depression, gender perspectives, and disability) in art, theater, films. Meeting with novelist, whose book we have read, docent tour of Bellevue Hospital, physician-led tour of Metropolitan Museum, etc.

    D. Textbooks

    Varies by course offering.Includes NYU Literature and Medicine Database, Bellevue Literary Review, play assignment in advance of seeing performance, etc

    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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