Global Connections Online College Course
The Global Connections online course examines the representations of medicine, health, and the body in world literature, film and graphic art.
- Second semester Junior, or Senior status, or instructor approval.
- Online - Self-Paced Enroll Anytime
- EST. time to complete:
- 3 to 9 Months
- $342.16 per credit (no fees)
About the Global Connections Course
Narratives that articulate the multitude of maladies that have afflicted the human
body and mind can be
found in a great number of literary and cinematic works from across the globe since the beginning of
Whether fictional, historic, or portrayed within popular (counter) culture, the illnesses, injuries, and aging of the body and mind are central subjects of literary texts, films, daytime talk shows, political campaigns, television series, graphic novels, paintings, and performance art. By examining several texts and films from a diverse selection of cultures and historical time periods from both the West and the non-West, this course will consider the representations of the body, mind, and spirit during times of health, wellness, and strength in tandem with chronicles of illness, injury, and aging. Within this course frame, other topics such as Utopias, dystopias, revolution, immigration, and the Second World War will also be examined.
This emphasis on both individual and collective global health within literary texts and films will incorporate the study of common social institutions such as hospitals, medical clinics, prisons, medical wards for the mentally ill, pharmaceutical corporations, the Centers for Disease Control, and the health insurance industry. The role(s), effectiveness, and limits of institutions within a given culture and/or society will illuminate key differences between traditional and ‘conventional’ medicine.
This course will also examine mental and physical health and the practice of medicine
in rural and urban
communities in an international context that will feature a variety of historical time periods.
You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete six units. The following items will be turned in throughout the course:
- Literary Journal
- Film Response Papers - 6
- Annotated Bibliography
- Final Creative Paper
Required Textbook and Media
- Lost Horizon James Hilton
- The Plague Albert Camus
- The Walking Dead I: Days Gone Bye Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
- The Walking Dead II: Miles Behind Us Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
- The Jungle Upton Sinclair
- The War: A Memoir Marguerite Duras
- A Very Easy Death Simone de Beauvoir
Optional Resource Materials/Texts
- The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th Edition
- They Say, I Say, The Moves That Matter In Academic Writing, 3rd Edition
- Awakenings Penny Marshall
- The Constant Gardener Fernando Meirelles
- And The Band Played On Roger Spottiswoode
- The Doctor Ronda Haines
- A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Milos Forman
The films may be streamed instantly through Amazon, Netflix or other similar sites. The Chester Fritz Library owns all of the films in DVD format and are available for checkout or through the interlibrary loan system.
How will the Global Connections course appear on my transcript?
You may enroll at any time and have up to 9 months to complete your course, or you may be able to complete in as little as 3 months. The credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register. Keep in mind, UND can only verify your enrollment for the semester in which the course is registered and recorded on your transcript.
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