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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • STS.330 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • History and Anthropology of Medicine and Biology 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Science, Technology, and Society 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Stefan Helmreich
    Prof. David Jones 
  • Course Introduction:

  • STS.330 History and Anthropology of Medicine and Biology

    Fall 2006

    Course Highlights

    This course features an extensive reading list and a complete set of assignments.

    Course Description

    This course explores recent historical and anthropological approaches to the study of medicine and biology. Topics include histories of bodies and embodiment in medicine; institutional and social genealogies and futures for genes and genomes; the role of science and medicine in racial formation; epidemics and emergent diseases; new reproductive technologies and socialities; the laboratory and field lives of animals, plants, microbes, molecules, and environments.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mov.


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