Enrolling In Classes

Got all the massive health care stuff sorted out. Okayed by Health Office, and registered for classes. Very exciting.

How does one choose courses though? I originally signed up for FOUR classes (Which I found out is simply insane. One cannot manage a museum, fundraise, create the Mamapalooza Festival and actually survive. So greedy-me. I dropped two).

One required course helps students get a bearing on a Master’s Program. I’m taking that one with an Australian professor, David Munns. I hear he’s a funny chap, so hopefully it will be entertaining. The “How to Know, … About Knowing” is an “Introduction to the History, Sociology, and Philosophy of Science, Medicine, and Technology“. Here is a partial description: This course serves as an introduction to Liberal Studies, and offers the basic tools of a graduate education. As a domain of knowledge that makes very specific claims to somehow knowing about the world, “science” is a useful lens to look at how we conceptualize and understand the making of knowledge. The history, philosophy, and sociology of science deals with not what we know, but how we know what we know.  Along the way, we shall consider the role of materials, practices, and institutions in the processes of making knowledge, as well as role of skepticism, criticism, and community. – See more at.

Martha Joy Rose becomes a Feminist Scholar

Martha Joy Rose becomes a Feminist Scholar at The Graduate Center, CUNY

I also signed up for Barbara Katz Rothman’s class, since I adore her books and think she’s brilliant. The class is called “Social Construction of Illness“. As a SLE and Kidney Transplant survivor, I feel this is the framework to begin with. Especially since illness informed the path that I’m currently on. Both classes, though somewhat “medical” sounding, will help form the premise with which I hope to launch into my feminist scholarship.

Here is the class description: Illness writes the body: our sense of self, of health, of our physical being, takes meaning from the contrast with illness.  And the social world writes illness: what it is to be ill; what categories of illness are acknowledged; how illness is defined, treated, managed, and determined.

This course  is an introduction to some of the basic concepts of Medical Sociology, beginning with the theoretical perspective that grew out of Symbolic Interactionism and labeling theory to offer a sociological understanding of illness. In the years since, the process of medicalization (placing more and more arenas of life into a medical frame) has moved beyond being a program of professional domination, and become increasingly internalized as “patients” become self-diagnosing and self-medicating consumer/customers and as corporate dominance increases.   Starting with the specific management of birth and of death, we will move on to several case-studies of diseases including AIDS and SIDS.  With that base, we will more generally consider social epidemiology, the social causation of disease, or disease as written in race, sex, and class, including the historical uses of medicalization to label women as almost inherently pathologized; and moving to an understanding of illness as performance and as representation. – See more.

I really wanted to take the “Money, Power and Gender” course too, but I will wait until another semester!

It was nice to finally meet some of the people who have guided me through this process thus far, like Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis at the orientation last night.

Here you go, to my friends who have expressed interest in taking this journey with me “virtually”. Onward!


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