ANT3443: The City and Health 3
The majority of the world's inhabitants will live an in urban environment at the end of this decade. The urban environment contrasts sharply with environments that characterized human evolutionary history. This course considers the consequences of urbanization to human health and quality of life. Using popular and scholarly literature, other media, and guest lectures, students will survey the history of health and disease in relation to place. An emphasis will be placed on the role of the social environment in the production of disease and ask: How do human biology, evolution, history, and culture intersect with the social and physical environments to produce ill health? What characteristics of urbanization and urbanicity impact well-being? How can the social sciences help us explain disease patterns and promote health in an increasingly urban world? Instructional methods include didactic lectures, on-line assignments, reflection papers, and special projects.