Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPC6308
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- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 2007 2003-10-27 Department College Budget Account Number Communication AS 1217000 Contact Person Phone Gil Rodman 9743025 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title SPC 6308 Communicating Grief, Loss, and Illness Is the course title variable? N 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 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Comm Grief, Loss, and Illness Course Online? Percentage Online -
How illness and loss disrupt our stories of self and relationships and lead to construction of new stories, also cultural patterns of stories. Topics include critical illness and relationships, dying, bodies, emotions, caregiving, aging, and divorce.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
The course has been offered as a topics course on two occasions and is now part of the regular course rotation in the department.
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?
The course is in demand from communication students as well as from graduate students in education, sociology, medical ethics, and anthropology. It is a requirement of the new medical ethics MA program. Enrollment has ranged between 12 and 20 students.
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
Yes, two times.
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
Ph.D. in Communication or closely related field.
- Other Course Information
This course will encourage us to cultivate the ability to read illness narratives within a dialectic of intimacy and distance. As we read, watch, and discuss stories, we will move back and forth among being in the immediacy and concreteness of the story--the physical body, emotional experience, and cognitive details; to considering how a story relates to our own lives--experienced, imagined, or foretold; to examining the rhetorical and social aspects of the story as told; to analyzing cultural patterns in illness stories.
B. Learning Outcomes
Outcomes will consist of the ability to read illness narratives within a dialectic of intimacy and distance. Students will learn to respond from the immediacy and concreteness of the story; to consider how a story relates to our own lives--experienced, imagined, or foretold; to examine the rhetorical and social aspects of the story as told; to analyze cultural patterns in illness stories.
C. Major Topics
Why Study Illness Narratives
The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics
Experiencing Illness: The Case of Mental Illness, Rape, Alcoholism, Critical Illness, Breast Cancer, and AIDS
Critical Illness and Intimate Relationships
Illness and the Self
Experiencing Grief and Loss
Separation and Divorce
Living with Stigma
Aging and Loss
Ellis, Carolyn. 1995. Final Negotiations: A Story of Love, Loss, and Chronic Illness. Philadelphia: Temple
Frank, Arthur. 1991. At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin
Frank, Arthur. 1995. The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Kaysen, Susanna. 1993. Girl, Interrupted. New York: Vintage Books
Lorde, Audre. 1987. The Cancer Journals. California: Aunt Lute Books.
Knapp, Caroline. 1996. Drinking: A Love Story. New York: The Dial Press.
Raine, Nancy. 1998. After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back
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
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